Game developer The Outsiders and publisher Funcom recently announced the upcoming rhythm first person shooter Metal: Hellsinger.
Players will be fighting demons and devils, but with a twist: they will be headbanging to metal music. It is a rhythm FPS where players can shoot at enemies while performing to the beat to a certain soundtrack. The game features an original soundtrack with vocals from metal icons like Matt Heafy (Trivium) and Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy). This game innovates both the rhythm and FPS genre with layered music.
Each level will have its own unique song and every song will be divided into multiple layers. The player’s performance will impact how many layers of the song will be played at a time. They will have to start with atmospheric background music and then end it with powerful metal anthems.
Funcom Chief Creative Officer Joel Bylos stated:
This gives the player an incentive to stay on beat, because the experience becomes so intense and so powerful that you want to keep it that way. I knew that Dave and The Outsiders know how to make shooters, but I have never seen anything done quite like this before. It’s a very ambitious project and one we are proud to be a part of.
The Outsiders’ Creative Director David Goldfarb has this to say:
We want to make this the most metal game ever. Or get as far as we possibly could, anyway! To make something that felt like a tribute to the epic imagination and joy and fury of metal – not just in terms of music, but art style, characters, lore. Trying to do it has been an amazing joy and we can’t wait to get it into the world for people to play.
The game will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X in 2021. The next-gen versions will have improved visuals with up to 120 frames per second and drastically reduced loading time.