Blind Guardian in Sacred 2
German metal outfit Blind Guardin has announced that it is composing a special song for Sacred 2, the upcoming sequel to the action-RPG by Ascaron Entertainment; the band will also make an in-game appearance. The song will be released as a separate single next year, with the music video featuring sequences taken straight from the game itself. Additionally, players can solve a quest in the game, which will unlock a bonus event where the motion-captured band performs their new song “live”.
Sacred 2 – Fallen Angel is the sequel to the most successful German RPG of all time. The game will feature two entirely different ways of playing – the light and shadow campaigns. The official website carries more information and media on the title.
Brutal Legend Unveiled, First Look
Following up on past rumors, the next project from Double Fine Productions (headed by Psychonauts creator Tim Schafer) will be heavy-metal centric Brutal Legend featuring comedy rocker Jack Black. This comes from the latest issue of Game Informer, which carries a feature on the game.
According to the magazine’s website, the game is billed as a “surreal ode to the mythology of rock and roll, starring the talents of Jack Black and a stable of heavy metal legends.” The game is in development for PS3 and Xbox 360.
Some scans from the magazine article have popped up online. It was originally contributed to this forum thread on Double Fine’s forums, but I have mirrored them here for convenience.
KISS, Soundgarden, RHCP Bring Their Music to Rock Band
More big bands have joined Rock Band’s kickass lineup. As reported by 1UP, songs from KISS, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers will appear in the game as master tracks. The songs are “Detroit Rock City” by KISS, “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden and “Dani California” by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The abovementioned songs brings the game’s set list to 34 songs, ranging from the ’60s to now.
Navarro Signing Guitar Hero Controllers; In-game Partners Announced
Guitar Hero II features quite a few in-game partners, according to an announcement from RedOctane. As players rock out to the game’s 60+ songs playlist, they will be subject to viewing ads for Gibson Guitar, Kramer, Krank, MusicMan Basses, Orange, VHT and the Vans Warped Tour, among others.
“The product placement within Guitar Hero II is designed to add an extra element of realism for gamers,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing, RedOctane. “Players are deeply immersed into the rock star culture, utilizing the authentic tools of musicians worldwide including an extensive array of amps, strings, pedals, cymbals, music stores and venues.”
In far more exciting news, it has been announced that Dave Navarro from Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be signing Guitar Hero controllers and games at a midnight release event in Los Angeles. Gamers will need to flock the Best Buy at 11301 W. Pico Blvd. from 10.30pm on November 6; the guitarist will be there until 12.30 am on November 7. The event will also be host to Guitar Hero II kiosks set up for people to try out the game “with the help of on-site Best Buy ‘blue shirt’ gaming experts.”
Guitar Hero II will be released on November 7 for PS2. A Xbox 360 version is in development.
Earache Gets In-game MP3 Player
Metro 3D has announced its partnership with Archos to include its MP3 player technology for use in Earache Extreme Metal Racing. This will allow players to choose tracks whilst playing the game.
The game, in development at Data Design Interactive, is set to release on PS2, PC and PSP on October 27. As the name suggests, the game includes metal bands as racing teams, including Deicide, Mortiis, Severe Torture and many others.
Guitar Hero II in Europe this November
Headbangers in Europe will now be able to bang their heads nearer with their North American brethren thanks to Red Octane and Activision who announced that Guitar Hero II will be available in the region this November, shortly after its American release.
Guitar Hero II will be available as a hardware bundle complete with a replica Gibson SG controller or as a standalone disc for owners of the original. The final tracklist for the title is yet to be announced, but RedOctane promises a heady mix of classic and contemporary rock, as well as a couple of surprises.
New Songs in Guitar Hero II
Thanks to a press event held down under, IGN has learned of three new tracks which will make their way to Guitar Hero II. The newly-announced tracks are covers of Stone Temple Pilot’s “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart”, “Madhouse” by Anthrax, and Motley Crue’s “Shout at the Devil”.
Videos of the three songs in action are available on IGN, so give them a whirl if you’re interested.
Gears of War Sponsoring GIGANTOUR; BIG Announcement Next Week
Headbangers UNITE! Hailed by Revolver magazine as “the mother of all shred fests” GIGANTOUR is back this year, and it is being sponsored by none other than Gears of War. This year’s festival will be headlined by Megaeth, along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill and Sanctity, with more artists to be announced soon.
Director of Xbox Marketing, Craig Davison, is very excited about the partnership: “We’re totally jazzed about the partnership between Gigantour 2006 and our forthcoming Xbox 360 blockbuster, Gears of War! Partnering a music extravaganza like GIGANTOUR with the launch of a mega-hit game like Gears of War captures the excitement around two awesome happenings for fans of music and video games!”
GIGANTOUR is scheduled to run from September 7 through October 8 (tour schedule after the jump). Gears of War is, according to a Xbox.com slipup, (hopefully) scheduled for release on October 2.
In related news, the official fan site kit for the game has gone live. Additionally, a post by Mark Rein on Epic’s Gears of War forum states that a BIG announcement is coming next week.
Earache BComes Rich
Earache Extreme Metal Racing is shaping up to be one hell of a “metal” fest – today Metro 3D has announced a joint partnership with BC Rich, manufacturer of high performance guitars and basses, to further promote the upcoming racing game that takes you to “hell” and beyond.
Shipping July 7 for the PS2, PC and PSP, EEMR sees players “burn rubber through hell and other wastelands.” Artists such as Severe Torture, Cult of Luna, Napalm Death, The Haunted and Hate Eternal, among others, have contributed to the soundtrack. Meanwhile, the following artists have been confirmed to appear as racing ‘teams’ within the game: Mortiis, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Akercocke, Decapitated, Biomechanical Municipal Waste, The Berzerker, Linea 77 and Society 1.
Guitar Hero II Performances at E3
Guitar Hero II will be rocking Kentia Hall this year! RedOctane has announced that E3 attendees will get the opportunity to play demos of the upcoming game, as well as enjoy live performances by bands featured in the original Guitar Hero. There will also be special guest appearances by female guitarist Judita Wignall from the band Halo Friendlies, the inspiration behind the character Judy Nails.
Below is the complete schedule:
WEDNESDAY, May 10th at 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.:
Hard-rock band Drist starring Marcus Henderson will rock the crowd and perform hits from their newly launched album “Orchids and Ammunition!” Marcus is an original guitar hero who recorded multiple guitar tracks for the Guitar Hero and Guitar Hero II soundtracks.
THURSDAY, May 11th at 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.:
Graveyard BBQ, winners of the first “Be a Guitar Hero” competition, will perform their winning song “Cheat on the Church” along with many others from their debut album “Graveyard BBQ Greatest Hits Volume 1.”
FRIDAY, May 12th at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.:
Los Angeles-based rock sensation Shaimus will woo the crowd with the smooth stylings from their recently released album “Paper Sun,” including their first hit single “All of This” from Guitar Hero.
The game will be out this November for the PS2.