(PC Version) The Story behind Brütal Legend is a legendary, brütal story. What once started as a promising AAA relationship between a big publisher and Tim Schafer's company, turned into a game developers nightmare. Vivendi Games' subsidiary Sierra Entertainment was to publish Brutal Legend originally. In 2008, Activision merged with Vivendi's game division (which included Blizzard Entertainment) to become Activision Blizzard, gaining the rights to publication of Brütal Legend. And guess what? Activision/Blizzard dropped BL (and some other games). Double Fine was left out in the open. John Riccitiello's EA came to the rescue, showing interest to publish the title. In the final pre-release stages Activision/Blizzard sued Double Fine, thinking they still owned the rights to Brütal Legend. Suit/Countersuit, etc, etc ... blood was spilled. It looked like a Death Metal Album Cover at times. The game was doomed. Tim's company was doomed.
In October 2009, the game was finally released for XBOX 360 and PS3.
There never was any intention to release a PC Version.
After EA cancelled the sequel (another story, you might want to ask people about), Tim Schafer & Double Fine were almost financially ruined ... but - as we all know now - this Heavy Metal ballad has a happy ending.
Long story short, in 2013 Double Fine released a PC version of the game. A couple months later also a Mac OS and Linux (!) version! They tweaked the visuals. They made it more awesome. And after a gruesome, long crusade through the levels of hell, this game made it to every gamer's "Personal Computer". The Heavy Metal Gods were satisfied by the blood sacrifice.
Another deeply satisfying aspect of the story. The Buddha Engine, the Double Fine coder created in the process of developing this game, was like Mead sent from Odin, since their own engine was used to fuel Costume Quest, Stacking, Trenched AND Iron Brigade ... and now Massive Chalice.
Oh, and yes - the game is good, really good, has Lemmy, Lita & Ozzy in it. And it is funny ... and metal ... and makes fun of Nu Metal kiddies. And Jack Black is great in it, and Jennifer Hale & Tim Curry. It is the kind of Full Throttle Heavy Metal GTA for the Herzog 2 fan. It captures the essence of the once glorious Heavy Metal scene (which is still strong in parts of Europe) and transforms it into a game. Headbanging & Mosh Pits with a controller, from the safety of your couch.
Maybe now you may understand, why I am considering Brütal Legend for GOTY in 2013. Because it earned it.