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EA picks up Double Fine's Brutal Legend

Third person adventure from Tim Schafer set for release next autumn

Electronic Arts and Double Fine Productions have teamed up to release Brütal Legend, the third person adventure game starring Jack Black, next autumn.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 title is the latest to come from Tim Schafer, founder of Double Fine and the developer behind Psychonauts, Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango and Full Throttle.

Brütal Legend was originally to be published by Sierra, but was dropped following the Activision merger.

"This is awesome news," stated Schafer. "The quality and creativity of the games EA Partners has been involved with make it a perfect home for our baby, Brütal Legend."

David DeMartini, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EA Partners added: "Brütal Legend is shaping up to be a creative tour de force."

"At EAP, we are deeply committed to giving the industry's elite independent developers a platform to launch their creations to a worldwide audience," DeMartini added.

"Tim Schafer is known for some of the richest stories and characters in our industry, and with Jack Black offering his vocal styling's for Eddie Riggs, we are extremely excited to help Tim and his talented team at Double Fine see their vision come to fruition."

In an interview with our sister site Eurogamer.net Schafer said that EA made the perfect partner for the developer's new IP.

"A lot of the really interesting stuff going on right now is happening with EA Partners," he said. "If you look at other developers working with them like Grasshopper Manufacture and Valve, there's a lot of really creative stuff that's happening. They're the perfect place to launch a new IP and to do something that is pushing the boundaries of gaming."