Metal Band Avenged Sevenfold's Mobile Game Out This Summer

"We're trying to do something that hasn't really been done before," singer M. Shadows says about Hail to the King: Deathbat.

American metal band Avenged Sevenfold's mobile game, an action adventure title called Hail to the King: Deathbat, will launch for mobile devices this summer, once testing is complete, the group has announced.

"We're trying to do something that hasn't really been done before," Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows told TechRadar. "We're trying to compact basically a mini console game and stick it in mobile. And we're not sure if that audience even exists yet for something like that."

Though you might first associate Deathbat's visual style with Blizzard Entertainment's popular Diablo series, Shadows points out that the game is aiming to stand on its own by meshing popular genres together to form something new. Levels, which are based on songs ("Unholy Confessions" and "Bat Country" are two), will require skills like timing and balance, Shadows said.

You can play a grim reaper-like hero, or one of the members of the band. Late drummer The Rev's family gave the band permission to have him appear posthumously in the game. The Rev, whose real name is James Sullivan, died in 2009 from an accidental overdose.

Avenged Sevenfold is no stranger to video games. Various Avenged Sevenfold songs are featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops titles, most recently with "Carry On" in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

They aren't the first group to release a video game, however. OK Go created a mobile game called Say the Same Thing, while Fall Out Boy released a Flappy Bird clone earlier this year called Fall Out Bird.

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24 comments
terrariafan247
terrariafan247

A lot of their earlier songs are metal. But they newer ones are rock.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

AVENGED SEVENFOLD IS NOT A METAL BAND.

soulless4now
soulless4now

First Linkin Park, now them? Who's next? >_>

Trev786
Trev786

these guys are not metal.

BFKZ
BFKZ

Micro-transactions?

RevRockwell
RevRockwell

"Frat Rock Band Avenged Sevenfold's Mobile Game Out This Summer"


There, I fixed your headline for you.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Metal and Avenged Seven Fold does not belong in the same sentence.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

I remember in high school I thought Avenged Sevenfold was the sh*t (always raced to Blinded in Chains when playing NFS Most Wanted). I was going through my old catalog of music the other day and stumbled upon their first few albums. I promptly deleted them after skimming through them.

lina_baby_doll
lina_baby_doll

His name is M. Shadows. Shadows, people. I don't even want to know what the "M" stands for...

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

LOLOLOL Avenged Sevenfold is sooo NOT Metal.....

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

At least it looks like a game, which is more that can be said about 80% of the mobile library.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

"We're trying to do something that hasn't really been done before" 

like... not being posers and make real heavy music?

DrKill09
DrKill09

When I hear "Hail to the King", I think Evil Dead and Duke Nukem.

derekscorp
derekscorp

Still desperately trying to stay relevant with the kids, I see.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

@DrKill09 I think something similar, but the first thing that comes to my mind is Burger King.