Get ready to bang your heads and thrash around with Metal: Hellsinger.
Published by Funcom and developed by The Outsiders, Metal: Hellsinger is a classic FPS- style game that combines, of all things, the rhythm genre with FPS mechanics. The trailer was actually a pre-alpha demo of the game in action, where creative director David Goldfarb introduced The Unknown, a half-demon, half-human using a shotgun to shoot at other demon creatures in a simple arena landscape.
The most unique aspect of Metal Hellsinger is how the shotgun blasts are timed directly to the drum beats of the music, a rocking hardcore death metal song. The more in sync you are with the rhythm, the more intense the music became, and more damage was done against enemies.
The blend of two genres is a unique one, to say the least, but in action, it plays like a hefty old-school FPS game in the vein of popular PC FPS titles like Painkiller or DOOM. The action is surprisingly fast and furious, matching the chaotic beats of the music perfectly.
The game itself is narrated by veteran voice actor Troy Baker, and will feature tons of weapons and abilities to take down hordes of demonic foes; from skull-clad swords to of course a hefty shotgun. Each weapon has a special 'ultimate' ability too, giving them even more power to eviscerate foes.
Metal Hellsinger is also dipping heavily into the heavy metal scene, including songs and recordings from popular metal singers such as Matt Heafy of Trivium and Björn Strid of Soilwork. Each track was recorded specifically for the game by these famous metal singers, providing an extra bit of power into the action with something fresh to listen to.
Metal Hellsinger is still in production but is currently scheduled for release in 2021 for the PC, Xbox One, PS4, and for next-generation consoles.