Back in 1999, Iron Maiden released an album and video game of the same name: Ed Hunter. Now, 17 years after their first foray into the video game medium, the band is back with a brand new game due out this summer for iOS and Android devices.
The new game, an Iron Maiden RPG titled Legacy of the Beast, is described as an “action-packed, free-to-play RPG steeped in Iron Maiden mythology.” It is the work of Roadhouse Interactive and 50CC Games. And Iron Maiden. You may remember Roadhouse made Warhammer 40,000: Carnage and Food Battle: The Game for YouTube comedy sensation SMOSH. Together the developers have worked intimately Iron Maiden’s people, who granted the team “unparalleled access” to the vaults.
“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 boss 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.”
Just like their previous game, the new Iron Maiden RPG lets players play as Iron Maiden mascot Eddie, complete with his many forms and unique abilities (which do include time travel). Unlike the previous game, there is no new album that will be simultaneously released with the RPG. The soundtrack will use Iron Maiden songs and does include previously unheard live recording adapted for the game. So that’s pretty cool.
“We know many of our fans are gamers and we have long thought that Eddie and Maiden’s music and imagery would be perfect for this,” said bassist Steve Harris. “It’s something we have been looking at revisiting since Ed Hunter way back in 1999. Now in 2016 it can all be done on a smartphone so it makes it even more accessible for Maiden fans everywhere and also all the gamers out there.”
There’s no footage of the new game, so why not watch a video of Ed Hunter instead? WARNING: Turn your speakers down.