Multiplatinum heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold has gone virtual with its first mobile video game, Hail to the King: Deathbat. Developed by Subscience Studios, the game is inspired by classic dungeon crawlers along with the band’s iconic discography and artwork.
“We’ve been fans of games since we were kids, and we thought it would be fun to create one of our own inspired by our favorites,” said M. Shadows, lead singer of Avenged Sevenfold. “There are so many cool and innovative indie games being developed today, and we realized we could design and build the kind of game we'd love to play on our own. It is coming together amazingly well, and we can’t wait to share it."
The game goes hand in hand with their current Machinima video series, Hail to the King. Hail to the King: Deathbat has a ton of content gamers can sink their teeth into with beautifully drawn hellish landscapes, brutal combat and unforgiving boss demons.
The upcoming animated TV series, named Hail To The King after their most recent album, will feature a storyline that leads up to the starting point of the game.
"The animated series is funny stuff – we hope it gives you something entertaining to watch over your holiday break,” said M Shadows. “We felt this was the best way to tell the story and give you an idea about the type of game we're creating. We didn't feel passionate about doing a full-on typical music game. We wanted to do something differen so we came up with the idea of turning some of our songs and art work into a living, breathing, evil world. We wanted to bring the story of the Deathbat to life and allow you to control its destiny."
The game includes unlockable artwork and seven new tracks, but these aren't metal songs. They're theme songs for each level and they're done in an old-school video game fashion with a new-school twist.