If you missed EA’s live-stream of this morning’s GamesCom conference, you missed Double Fine head Tim Schafer showing off my favorite new detail of Brütal Legend‘s combat: a double-team attack that can be pulled off with any number of partners in the game, but specifically the first, where lead character Eddie had his female cohort mount his shoulders, concert audience style, and used his lifted lighter to ignite her flame attack.
But still, what you do get is the trailer above, with little slices of wooly mammoth, beast riding, and mosh-pit-protected brilliance, along with bits of its online multiplayer, which is demonstrated at greater length (and with 100% more rhythm-game attacks), below:
And, the capper: Double Fine has also announced that a demo for the game will be released via PSN and Xbox Live next month, with a slice of gameplay to tide you over for the following month until its October 13th release.
Not the soundtrack itself, mind, but Double Fine music director Emily Ridgway reading the hundred-plus list of included songs representing Brütal Legend‘s who’s-who of heavy metal, from 3 Inches of Blood to Wrath of Killenstein.
My favorite addition? Two tracks from Anvil, who, if you’ve seen the recently released documentary (and if you haven’t, do so soon), you know are basically just about the nicest people on earth and who entirely deserve to have a few extra minutes to shine here.
The entire track list is included behind the jump.
Tim Schafer gives IGN a full walk-through — well, OK, of just the first seventeen minutes, really — of Double Fine’s forthcoming Brütal Legend (the second video is below the fold), but that’s more than enough to fall for Eddie’s Clementine: the guitar brought back with him to the Age of Rock which is now imbued with special powers.
Probably you’ll want to hit that ‘play hi-res’: IGN’s embeddables are annoyingly quite rigidly sized. UPDATE: replaced with a Giant Bomb player much more embed-friendly.
The latest look at Double Fine’s PS3/Xbox 360 open world metal slasher Brütal Legend introduces the star power the studio’s tapped with its four Rock Gods: Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, and, of course, Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne.
Brütal Legend [EA/Double Fine]
In the first of what promises to be a viral series leading up to Brütal Legend‘s October release, LucasArts vet and Double Fine head Tim Schafer continues to prove his acting mettle by making this appearance alongside Jack Black and Steve Agee, a performance so tour de force that it makes Black puke.
Brütal Legend [EA/Double Fine]
Not gonna lie: I was big gunning to feature Brütal Legend in an upcoming installment of Concept Album since this GDC session, and was quite disappointed to be beat to the punch by remorseless rapscallions ripping half-blurry mid-res versions of the art from the GDC-stored PowerPoint. Anyway, this one was the most brilliant bit, by the inimitable Scott C., who has his own Action Comic here.
I think we can all agree there is no part of this that won’t strike a happy chord with just about everyone.
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Clearing out more of the didn’t-get-posted-in-the-GDC-frenzy archives: Double Fine has finally made good for the legions begging ex-LucasArts designer/DF founder Tim Schafer to make a new point-and-click adventure with Host Master & The Conquest of Humor.
In fantastic double-plus-meta fashion, video of the game — which takes place in the minutes leading up to the Game Developer Choice Awards as Schafer scrambles for jokes he hasn’t yet written — was used to lead in the actual Game Developer Choice Awards, as the real life Schafer was backstage basking in the glow of his own green room portrait.
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Being a double-strong supporter of basically everything Double Fine related, I was happy to see this morning that the Brütal Legend developer has just released its original Psychonauts soundtracks to essentially every digital music retailer on the face of the earth. But let Double Fine head Tim Schafer do the explaining in his own inimitable fashion:
Sure, you already own the Psychonauts Soundtrack and also the Original Cinematic Score… But you have them on deadly plastic discs that spin at dangerous speeds and must be read with eye-burning lasers. What were you thinking??
For your own safety I insist that you purchase a new, safer, ELECTRONIC copy of the soundtrack, from one of these reputable cyber-vendors. That’s right, Psychonauts is EVERY-EFFING-WHERE! You thought you were done buying it but now you must buy it again! And again! (Or, if you don’t want to buy it again, at least go there and give it a five-star rating!)
Quickly, before your eardrums calcify and your retinas detach and all of the other horrible things that happen to mortals.
Let me take you away from all this Death [Double Fine]
After his brief ‘freakin’ appearance at this year’s Spike TV Awards, GDC organizers have announced that LucasArts vet and Double Fine founder Tim Schafer is returning as host of this year’s Choice Awards ceremony, having apparently come away unscathed by recent reports of rampant youth software piracy.
The night will also see Harmonix founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy given the ceremony’s Pioneer Award “for their role in pioneering and popularizing music games, a vitally important genre for widening the appeal of games,” and games musician Tommy Tallerico will be given the night’s Ambassador Award “for helping to advance the game audio community.”
More info on the awards via the Gamasutra link below.