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Iron Maiden launching mobile video game

Posted by on January 18, 2016

More than any other metal band, Iron Maiden have a history with video games. They had a PC game, Ed Hunter, that also served as a greatest hits album. We remember it being a really hard shooter game, but it progressed through Iron Maiden’s album covers. They took a hiatus after that, but the video for “Speed of Light” was an amazing homage to video games, progressing from 8 bit to present day, with homages to Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, Doom and more. A few months later, there was an actual playable Speed of Light game, which was a fun diversion. This Summer, however, they’ll be making a role playing game, Iron Maiden:  Legacy of the Beast.

The free game, coming to iOS and Android, seems like, to a degree, the concept of “Speed of Light,” and is set in the “expansive Iron Maiden universe,” the website claims.

Battle as Eddie in his many guises across worlds inspired by the rich lore and music of Iron Maiden – one of the most iconic and influential bands of all time.

A mysterious force has shattered Eddie’s soul and scattered the shards. Travel through time and space collecting the pieces as you encounter a cast of dramatic and engaging characters.

And not only will the game’s soundtrack feature songs spanning Iron Maiden’s career, it will also have some previously-unheard live recordings adapted for the game by engineer Tony Newton “under the close scrutiny of Steve Harris.” Here’s what Harris says about the game:

“We always thought Maiden’s music and imagery with Eddie could be perfect for gaming and it’s something we have been looking at doing again since ‘Ed Hunter’ in 1999. Now in 2016 it can all be done on a smartphone which makes it even more accessible for all our fans and also all the gamers out there.

That’s a win-win situation, especially since it’ll be free to play. It’ll likely be like Candy Crush or Game of War, in that it’ll allow in-app purchases. Either way,

 

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