Iron Maiden is working their rocking mythology into a videogame

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The English heavy metal outfit Iron Maiden are launching their own game, called Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast and is described as an “action-packed free-to-play RPG” steeped in the band’s mythology.

Roadhouse Interactive, the developers behind Warhammer 40,000: Carnage, will be working with 50cc Games on the project. The collaboration will be working with wide access to the band’s catalogue of music and art to create the game’s lore.

“As a lifelong fan, I have always thought that Maiden’s music, lyrics and cast of characters would provide the perfect basis for a deep RPG experience,” said Roadhouse CEO James Hursthouse.  “With this game we’re creating an outstanding RPG that will appeal to all mobile gamers, including those discovering Maiden for the first time.”

This isn’t the first time Iron Maiden has lent their characters and world to videogames. Their mascot Eddie appeared in the videogame Ed Hunter, which was sold together with their 1999 greatest hits compilation of the same name.

In Legacy of the Beast, players take on the role of Eddie, in his many forms, each with unique abilities. Stated in the band’s original description: “Players explore new worlds, travel through time, and battle a cast of dramatic and engaging characters drawn from the expansive catalogue of Maiden’s albums and art,”

As expected of any such collaboration, the game will feature a soundtrack using songs spanning the band’s entire career, including previously unheard live recordings of Iron Maiden classics adapted for the game by engineer Tony Newton and under the watchful eye of bassist and founding member Steve Harris.

Harris said: “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.”

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is slated for release in summer of this year for Android and iOS devices. While waiting you can watch the music video to “Speed of Light” from last year’s album, The Book of Souls, which is also a visual tribute to forty years of video game history.

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