Tim Schafer’s new game: Brutal Legend

Brutal Legend from Double Fine and Tim Schafer It’s actually Brütal Legend, but that faux ü character is a serious pain to keep typing. Still, the real point here is that the next game from Tim Schafer (Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts…) and his buddies at Double Fine has been confirmed, following some rumours and denial a few weeks ago.

The rumours said that Brutal Legend would star Jack Black as roadie Eddie Riggs, presumably the main character of the game; whether this is voice acting or full-blown appearance recreation isn’t clear. It was also said that he “dies and must escape hell to reach rock heaven”, and that the gameplay is based around “puzzles and strategy in controlling multiple characters”

Kind of ambiguous, but I guess the article inside the magazine will reveal more. Puzzles and strategy were the primary element in Schafer’s earlier adventure classics, but in what capacity they’ll feature in Brutal Legend is anyone’s guess.

Whatever the case, I’ve not played a Tim Schafer game yet that I haven’t loved so I’ll keeping my eye squarely set upon this one. If anyone else has juicy tidbits to share, go ahead!

Update: Scans of the magazine have been awesomely posted by 1P Start, which I’ve mirrored just in case anything happens to them:

Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6, Page 7, Page 8, Page 9, Page 10

Lots and lots of information is contained, revealing a lot about the game and also the development process behind it. Sounds great!

Update #2: Oh, man! A video of Brutal Legend has been leaked onto YouTube, setting the tone of the game quite nicely. It doesn’t look at the game too deeply and shows off little in the way of characters/etc (apart from the intriguing-looking guy who speaks at the beginning), but the art style looks fantastic and I really look forward to seeing the HD version of this video so the details can really shine. Check it out!

Update #3: Heh.

Update #4: The video has been taken down as per a request by the suits; however, it’s still available on Game Trailers (Sorry Tim!).

Update #5: And at last, Sierra’s official Brutal Legend site is up, officially confirming the game at last (although press releases are apparently yet to circulate). Also includes a high-definition version of the trailer! It looks absolutely stunning. And this guy is already absolutely legendary in my eyes.

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