The calendar’s flipped over to April 1 in several parts of the world and it’s only a matter of time before we’re swamped with the usual hilarious fake news stories.
This one, however, is 100% true: Grammy-winning rock band Linkin Park have announced that they will star in an upcoming, groundbreaking, game app for the iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad. Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! is coming “soon”, and we’ve managed to snag a first-look trailer, just for you.
The band actually partnered with game developer Artificial Life more than 12 months ago, when they decided they wanted to craft a ‘heightened app experience’ targetting music fans and gamers alike.
The result: the world’s first-ever massively multi-player app to be designed around a music artist.
Members of the band (bassist Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn and vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda) were intimately involved in every aspect of the game, from the character design, gameplay, storylines and – of course – music. All six members also appear as characters in the game, for that extra touch of authenticity.
Multi-talented vocalist Mike Shinoda has lofty aspirations:
“This game is not just made for Linkin Park fans-anyone will be able to play and enjoy 8-Bit Rebellion.’ My bandmates and I grew up playing games like ‘Metroid,’ ‘Donkey Kong,’ ‘Zelda,’ ‘Space Invaders,’ ‘Mega Man’ and ‘Rygar.’ We wanted this game to have the feel of a vintage game, and a big part of it was the music.”
Claiming to play like a “full-on action-adventure game” rather than a simple rhythm-based music title, Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! sees players trying to free Linkin Park’s idyllic 8-bit world from the clutches of the evil PixxelKorp. They, of course, have stolen the band’s music!
The adventure takes players on missions that traverse various unique districts – each one based on a different band member. Tasks at hand include hunting down lost tracks, (obviously) fighting off the PixxelKorp forces, and the inevitable: “Save the band from pending disaster to become an 8-bit hero!”.
Of course, the soundtrack promises to be pretty special, featuring original and 8-bit interpretations of Linkin Park’s selected back catalogue: “New Divide,” “One Step Closer,” “In The End,” “Crawling,” “QWERTY,” “Hands Held High,” “Faint,” and “No More Sorrow” are all included, plus a very special remix of “One Step Closer”, sounding like it was created on a first-generation NES.
…as if that wasn’t good enough, the app is also the first time an artist has released a brand-new song through a mobile game app, with 8-Bit Rebellion featuring exclusive unreleased tune Blackbirds, to be unlocked upon completion of the game.
When I first read the headline, I wanted this to be a joke – but the more I read about it, the more I kinda want it. Expect more attention to be paid to Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion! in the leadup to the game’s launch.