Activision and Double Fine Settle their Slapfight

August 7, 2009Written by Dan Massi


In the past months, Activision and Double Fine haven’t exactly had the rosiest of relationships. Brutal Legend was dileberately dropped from Activision’s lineup after Activision merged with Blizzard, and the title was left alone after an unsuccessful attempt to convert the property into a Guitar Hero game. Then, EA picked it up, and helped turn it into an anticipated title. And that’s when the trouble started.

Activision went on to sue Double Fine, because the publisher held “the publishing rights to the game”. However, Double Fine countersued them back, so both parties were given the opportunity to present their arguments before a judge. But apparently, this isn’t going to happen any longer.

Instead, Activision’s legal team contacted the court, stating that a settlement had been reached. In late July, the judge had said that he was not inclined to force a delay for Brutal Legend, and that the imposed delay by Activision did not have “a likelihood of succeeding” in the courtroom.

Are you glad that a settlement has finally been reached? Or did Activision have the right to delay a title that they had already abandoned? Let us know in the comment section below!