Hail to the King: Deathbat

Avenged Sevenfold are still touring their hugely successful ‘Hail to the King’ album, and now they've done something that we have never seen before. They are releasing a game to go with their albums, titled: ‘Hail to the King: Deathbat’. 

The band have been working on everything from the gameplay, to the music, to the artwork and so on. They have been working with Subscience Studios, a gaming company based in California. California is home to the band themselves, too.

They are working hard together to make this a really fun experience for the player, but that is also a callback to the days when gaming was more free. M. Shadows has mentioned in the past that the game is influenced by games like The Legend of Zelda, and Super Meat Boy. He said he wants a game that doesn't tell you where to go, and what to do. He wants a game that you can just figure out on your own and do your own thing.

We were just looking for another medium on being able to be creative. Music videos, they just don’t cut it anymore. The way that bands were able to express themselves, they don’t really exist. There’s a lot of — either you’re on Facebook or Twitter just annoying everybody about what you’re eating or what country you’re in and I just hate all that stuff. So one day when we were on a bus to a show in Southeast Asia about two years ago, I saw everyone on their phones and they were all playing games.
— M. Shadows - Lead Singer, Avenged Sevenfold

The music itself is going to be a lot of 8-bit sounds, and a lot of instrumentals. The game is going to feature 9 songs in total that will accompany you throughout the whole game. 

We made songs that reminded us of our youth playing ‘Castlevania’ or ‘Mario Brothers,’ ‘Zelda.’ So we made nine songs, which are original songs that we put together. They’ll be in the game. I’m sure we’ll do some sort of packaging where you can buy those songs with ‘Hail to the King’ or whatever. Or you can just play the game and listen to them. There’s nine songs, but we’re trying to downplay it. I don’t want everyone to think nine new songs, then they hear it and it’s a bunch of digital music.
— M. Shadows - Lead Singer, Avenged Sevenfold

The game itself will be a once off payment of $4.99 and no more. No in-game purchases. They want to release a premium game that you can just enjoy from start to finish without being bothered by constant requests for money. This is something that is so refreshing. I honestly hope more gaming companies learn from this.

Below is the trailer for the game, which is set to release sometime around July of this year. Then there is a playlist below that trailer which is a mini-series that will build up to the game. Just enough to get you pumped! The Hail to the King Animated Series has been working on by Jon Schnepp of Metalocalypse.

I honestly couldn't be more excited for this game. I'm a huge fan of the band, and a huge fan of the games that influenced this one. This can only be good. Let us know your thoughts in the comments, below! 

Update: Their website has now gone live. You can see more here. They have also discussed characters and abilities, and the fact that The Rev shall make an appearance. Check that out here