Further extending the marketability of ironic heavy metal appreciation, Konami has announced plans to launch a downloadable game based on Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse.
How do you turn a cartoon about a fictional metal band into a game without actively ripping off Rock Band or Guitar Hero? The game’s synopsis explains:
In Metalocalypse: Dethgame, players will be immersed in the world of Dethklok. As a Klokateer, one of the band’s loyal roadies, players will be unleashed on a heinous rampage against rabid mutant fans in brutal combat. Fight mutants, explore the rooms and dungeons of Mordhaus and protect the METAL faithful. All of this action set to the music of Dethklok, including tracks from the best-selling Dethklok: The Dethalbum. Additionally, the game will feature three all-new songs from Williams Street Records’ Dethklok 2 which will be available later this fall.
Cartoon-to-game translations have a track record on par with film-to-game translations, but fans should be glad to hear that Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small has a hand in crafting Metalocalypse:Dethgame.
Whether that’s enough to somehow translate the show’s key strengths (read: characterization and sitcom-esque situational comedy) to an medium traditionally opposed to either remains to be seen, at least until this thing is launched during the fourth quarter of this year.