Double Fine recounts Brutal Legend

Tim Schafer's next game to star Jack Black and a stable of rock legends will be released for Xbox 360, PS3.

Back in August, Norwegian gaming site gamer.no reported on the next game from Double Fine Productions, the Tim Schafer-helmed studio responsible for the critically acclaimed and commercially ignored Psychonauts. That report was hastily taken down, but not before some key details could be gleaned and translated.

The wild-eyed psycho is probably Black.

According to the site, the game was going to be called Brutal Legend and would star Tenacious D frontman and actor Jack Black as a rock band roadie who dies and must escape hell to reach rock heaven. At the time, Schafer said some of the rumors about the game were true, but a lot were false. The name was all but confirmed last month, when GameSpot discovered a trademark application for Brutal Legend (with a german umlaut over the U).

More details are emerging today, as Br�tal Legend is the featured story in the next issue of Game Informer, the cover of which is now posted on its Web site. The cover image proclaims it to be "a rock 'n' roll road show through the twisted mind of Tim Schafer" and also specifies that the game features Jack Black as roadie Eddie Riggs.

The magazine is also reporting that the game will feature "a stable of heavy metal legends" in addition to Black and is being developed for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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graavigala
graavigala

Tim Schaffers games have always been different, in good way, and always excelent! i think that this game might be the reason why i should bother to buy xbox/ps3 unless it comes to pc :D

zeke2040
zeke2040

i already pre-order this game, it will mad fun game to have, and it have co-op and mulit-player options as well.. i'm very excited for this game... i can't wait for the release date to come already..

Filaki
Filaki

For those about to ROCK!

topraman517
topraman517

I'm a big LucasArts adventure game fan, and I love metal. Tim Schafer working on a metal themed game? OHHHHH YEAHHHHH!

fkholmes
fkholmes

OH MY GOD THIS WILL ROCK.

watson_twenty5
watson_twenty5

Finally! A game dedicated to the Metal/Rock scene. Guitar Hero doesn't really count. I am getting pretty damn tired of all the "urban" themed games that abound on the store shelves. Since Tim Schafer is behind this.... it can't fail. The man is a modern day conceptual genius. His name is up there with Kojima's (MGS) and Levine's (Bioshock) for truly original IP's. And anybody feel free to hit me up with other original games I should be playing. Always looking for the next great/classic game that I'm missing out on.

RandomLoler
RandomLoler

I honestly can't wait Psychonauts was probably one of my favorite games/ platformers ever . This game looks sick like Mark of Kri without the suck

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

Tim Schaffer you are gonig to make the games industry ROCK!!!!!!

SinfulSpikey
SinfulSpikey

BUT WILL WE SEE DIMEBAG DARREL? Will he be the keeper of the gates? :O

Monstromo
Monstromo

Much better concept that Psychonauts. I am one of the many, many people that did not buy it. So don't shoot me. It may be a favortite of many, just not mine. I am sure there are plenty of games I like that others don't. Like I loved Brute Force, especially the co-op--it did not have split screen!

GamerRepublican
GamerRepublican

This game looks so amazingly cool. I can't wait to see the homage to the Metal World and amazing soundtrack. Not to mention Jack Black will rock out with his... well some of you know the rest

ssta
ssta

And what about PC? Oh, hell no! Another missed investition! :( :( :(

curua02
curua02

Tim Schafer's storytelling, I'm psyched about. Jack Black's acting, not so much. But the concept sounds awesome enough to give this one a fair try.

Zharak
Zharak

Looks like another game that will get commercially ignored

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

If Jack black is singing in it I'll get it!!!

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

I just want more Psychonauts. Is that too much to ask?

gamestar412
gamestar412

I'm so glad Schafer decided to not go for a wii version with "enhanced" controls. It also goes to show that innovation doesn't have to be all about the controls. Psychonauts was my favorite game of the last generation. The writing and fun powerups not to mention the great art style made for a beautiful game.

burnteyeball
burnteyeball

Im suprised to say that I'm excited about this. :)

ChancreScolex
ChancreScolex

First game starring celebrities I want, and I want it soooooo much. Double Fine is the truth man.

mastertimx
mastertimx

i like jack black alot, he was great in king kong, and school of rock, and has some pretty good songs too. i'll get the ps3 version probably, unless the 360 version has anything more significant about it.

vdarkfall999
vdarkfall999

Tim Schafer makes the most original games. I can't wait.

StarFry
StarFry

can't wait any longer

PlasmaBeam44
PlasmaBeam44

You can't consider yourself a gamer unless you've played Psychonauts.

DarkGord
DarkGord

No PC version? This sux! BIGTIME!

shaane
shaane

Its going to be awesme. I will get it the day it comes no thinking over it.

tatinhawk
tatinhawk

TIm Schafer and JAck BLack = Killer Combo!!

S2333
S2333

Schafer! You failed me! PC was the birth of you and you're turning your back on it. For shame man for shame.

Lazy_Marine
Lazy_Marine

I know Tim Schafer will not fail his fans (me included), but unfortunately i also know this will definately not be a success commercially because these types of games do not sell well i guarantee it. And i don't know how long his studio can last while making loss.

pantweasel
pantweasel

Tim Schafer + the awesome stupidity and silliness of rock music = SUCCESS!!!

FlaminDeath
FlaminDeath

this will either be the best game ever or destroy the univers in a massive fireball of stupidity we shall see

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Tim Schafer and Jack Black. Sounds like a winner to me!

dustopants
dustopants

Tim definitely has the right idea this time around... he has JACK BLACK... one of the most popular icons in the entertainment business today... this game will sell, if they put Jack Black's name on the cover... and if Tim makes awesome games like he always does, then the game will be damn good as well... and after this game becomes a major hit, all Tim has to do on his next game is put "from the creators of Brütal Legend" and that game will sell as well... Psyconauts was an amazing game, and is still in my collection... i'll definitely go ahead and pick this up for 360 when it comes out...

teddaman
teddaman

All they have to say is Tim Schafer, and I am going to buy it. I can't wait for this game to come out. I hope this one sells.

LOLhahaDEAD
LOLhahaDEAD

It's got some good ideas going on, but my guess is that it'll end up a lame beat-em-up platformer. You never know, though.

Chaos_Angel_14
Chaos_Angel_14

:D:D:D:D:D: THIS LOOKS SO GOOD HEAVY METAL + TIM SCHAFER = ME BEING EXTREMELY PUMPED

maxxorz
maxxorz

This actually sounds like a really cool game! very original concept and will probably be pretty fun and humorous! :)

A7Xfan
A7Xfan

This seems like the perfect oppurtunity for Shafer and assuerdly a great project for Jack Black right in line with his strengths.

the_animals
the_animals

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Chickensoup911
Chickensoup911

NOOOOO! Only on 360 and PS3!!!!! Why Tim Schafer, why?

wiidominance
wiidominance

I've got not idea whats going on, but from what i can gather from the comments, there is some dude who makes weirds games, and a lot of weird people fell in love with it, and they are excited that the weird developer is working on another new weird title to be played by some weird people........................ ok enough .. Y_Y ...

hobotech64
hobotech64

If you do not buy this game, you are part of the problem.