Linkin Park Releases Game to Promote Album and Environmentalism

And it is an iPad-exclusive third-person shooter.

Rock band Linkin Park has apparently decided that it wants to do something unconventional to promote its newest album, and so it has developed and released a game.

Officially entitled Linkin Park Recharged - Wastelands, the game is described in a press release as "a third-person action shooter with tactical elements set in the not-too-distant future."

The band created the game with assistance from Swiss developer Kuuluu Interactive Entertainment AG exclusively for the iPad. A purchase will also get you Linkin Park's newest single, "Wastelands."

According to the announcement, the game takes place on a devastated Earth devoid of most natural resources. "Society and the few remaining energy stores are now under the control of machines, the Hybrids, and an elite minority," the release explains. "As a member of a specialized resistance unit, the player will fight through hostile territory and complete missions through judicious use of resources."

Linkin Park says that it has an ulterior motive to releasing this game, however, that goes beyond just promoting its music. The game is designed to provide commentary on environmentalism, pollution, and use of resources.

In 2012, Linkin Park worked with Electronic Arts to produce music and videos related to Medal of Honor: Warfighter to promote its last album. In March, it created a music video in Project Spark featuring one of its new songs. It seems that this time, the band members chose to take matters into their own hands.

If you want to see what it's all about, the game is available today on the iOS App Store and costs $2.99.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

They should give knives to Linkin Park and Nickelback and lock them in a room. Two men enter, one man leaves. Winner fights Limp Bizkit.

Slagar
Slagar

I've become so numb, I can't feel Linkin Park here,

Become so tired, so much more aware,

They're selling s**t, all I want them to do,

Is go home, and stop making music too.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Oh geez...haven't seen anything this lame since Aerosmith released that horrible arcade shooter back in the early 90's. But I'm sure LP is real concerned with the environment flying around in their fuel burning, carbon stomped foot print making Learjet...

mememine69
mememine69

No, 32 years of science's 95% certainty is what feeds all of us evil former believers! not oil!

DarthLod
DarthLod

The game is probably as lackluster and boring as their trendy music.

Alecmrhand
Alecmrhand

" The game is designed to provide commentary on environmentalism, pollution, and use of resources."


My brain is designed to ignore, arrogant, washed up, 90's rockers who venture out of the realm of music an into political commentary in a desperate attempt to seem relevant.


Just sad.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

My worst nightmare is happening, Linkin Park making an Ipad game X(

zintarr
zintarr

So...

...as they rake in $$$ millions by flying across the globe in planes spewing filth from the engines...

...as they have concerts creating tons of garbage...

...as they expect people to drive their cars to the concerts wasting gas and creating smog...

...as they build their 20,000 sq ft mansions...

...as they ect, ect, ect...


They want us to think they give a crap about the environment.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

I'm so excited for this game, imma bout ta break.

mememine69
mememine69

Climate Blame "belief" is the litmus test for a fear mongering liar.

*Most of Canada and the USA hasn’t had a SMOG warning day (actual smog) in close to 10 years now. NOTE: “Be kind to the air days” and smog “alerts” and “advisories” and “watches” are not measurements of smog, just predictions that a “Smog Warning” could be issued within the next 36 hours.

*Science has a 32 year old 96.7% consensus that they are 95% certain that climate change “could be” a crisis so what’s to “believe” in? They are 100% sure the planet is not flat however.

*Polar Bears were indigenous to as far south as Minnesota upon settlement but called the Yellow Bear because it retained its summer coat longer but still the same bear.

*Occupywallstreet now does not mention CO2 in its list of demands obviously because of the

bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.

*Canada ended Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister.

hitomo
hitomo

iPad =/= Environmentalism  ... seriously are they dump ^^

gooberscratcher
gooberscratcher

if you dont like their music quit listening to it and quit complaining obviously some people still do. some people need to grow up. smh

observer98
observer98

Didn't know there were so many Linkin Park members.

LoveSack
LoveSack

These guys are just becoming so lame

koospetoors
koospetoors

Just listened to Wasteland and some other single they also released on Youtube, pretty nice of them sort of going back to their roots but its really missing something, the disturbing lack of Chester screaming might be the cause, meh.


They are still freaking good live though, got that going for them at least

Zombrex
Zombrex

Both of those would be amazing if it were 2002.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator moderator

I miss Nu Metal :( 

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

I remember this one time I took a dump, and it sounded a lot like a Linkin Park song.

Zironn1
Zironn1

Can you people stop complaining you sound like my 8 year old. The band is trying different creative entertainment. If people don't try then we don't get new content in new ways. So sit back enjoy what you like and don't bother with what you dislike and that is the best vote.

homelessgamer
homelessgamer

I prefer South Park as far as parks go. comfy benches, less police etc

geniobastardo
geniobastardo

After their new album comes out, LP will be like "WHAT I'VE DONE??!

GalvatronType_R
GalvatronType_R

To liberal and conservative bastiges: please keep your dirty politicking out of our games, we get enough of your bull excrement from the 24 hour news cycle.


To Linkin Park: please do some songs that don't all sound the same and require Chester to scream his head off for the umpteenth time.  It's getting really old after 20 years.

berserker66666
berserker66666

After their first two albums they started sucking and after this new thing becomes a flop, they'll be listening to "What I've Done" over and over again.

Slagar
Slagar

Can't you see that your music is bad,
Holding too tightly, afraid to become irrelevant?

'Cause everything that you thought you would be
Has fallen apart right in front of you.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@Psycold Linkin Park used to be more of a metal band, their recent albums are more like generic radio rock

oopomop
oopomop

@zintarr Can't tell if this post is jest or not. They rake in money, sure. How else would you expect them to get from America to England? (Assuming they have concerts there - I honestly have no idea.). Do you expect them to use a wooden boat? Would you cross the ocean in a wooden boat? Right.

They have concerts, yes. However if you've been to a typical concert, there are numerous bands playing - not just the one. Besides, they're the ones singing, not throwing trash away. That's like saying Television causes people to eat. It doesn't, hungry people simply like watching tv when eating. 

Well, you could walk to the concert. Theydon't give a flying sh!t how you get to the concert or if you even go, as long as you spent money on the concert.

Who was building a mansion? Link?

Etc etc etc.

You're so full of yourself. Please take a step back and analyze life from their perspective, as well as yours. 

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

@mememine69 Fun fact: the small minority of people, who disregard science and deny human responsibility for climate change, are largely paid by fossil fuel companies, and they are the same lobbyists who tried to convince everyone that smoking isn't bad for you.

They used to work for the tobacco industry, now they work for oil and coal companies

tightwad34
tightwad34

@observer98  Me either. I always thought it was just 2 with a backup band that varied.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@koospetoors  LOL Chester. He is a one bit tool who sounds like he is scream whining while forgetting he is rich now.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@freedomzealot As opposed to the real hipsters that listen to LP? I wasn't aware that was a thing.

brxricano
brxricano

@GalvatronType_R ...but time is passing by and....watching the clock....and, and trying to find my self beneath myself within myself.....and hopelessness with hope on top.....and making a point while saying whats the poi- ffs Linkin Park just retire ok??

Slagar
Slagar

@oopomop @zintarr I think you missed a critical point: ie. If you really care about the environment, stop f---ing it up so goddamned much.

koospetoors
koospetoors

@tightwad34 @koospetoors He's not THAT bad, he's one of the few people I've seen who can cause an audience to go completely berserk just with his voice. And he manages to sound good regardless of whether he's doing harsh or clean vocals,which is quite impressive, you ever listen to that cover he did of Rolling in the Deep? Blows Adele completely out of the water if you ask me.