3 July 2013 - London, UK/… Today Eternal Descent revealed the first wave of real-world heavy metal heroes in Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes, and the roles they play in the forthcoming video game. Joe Satriani, Andrew W.K. and Misha Mansoor of Periphery will appear as heroic assists within the game, activated by unique power-up tokens appearing on screen. Following a signature entrance animation, each of the heavy metal heroes joins in with the daemon-bashing frenzy for a limited time, with each monster they take down adding to the player’s score tally.
Joe Satriani – the extremist himself! Descending from the cosmos to bring harmony to dissonance and restore your energy with strange and beautiful music.
> Event - teleports into view with cosmic flair; heals the player character whilst charging up to teleport out; resulting in a huge cosmic flash and are of effect attack that neutralizes all enemies on screen.
> Contributed original lead guitar recordings and referenced his iconic ‘Surfing With The Alien’ solo for the in-game theme.
> Reprising his role from the Eternal Descent comics (Vol.2 #3)
Andrew W.K. unleashes the power of positive partying with a flurry of head bangs, high kicks and guitar spins - culminating in a devastating pizza party onslaught!
> Event - Leaps into the action; does Tasmanian Devil-style spinning attack to take out ground enemies; does high jump into the air and lands with an explosive pizza bomb finale.
> Contributed original voice acting,; collaborated with Llexi Leon on his party theme; provided detailed schematics of his custom ESP pizza guitar which has been recreated in-game.
Misha Mansoor jetpacks into the action to offer some much needed air support, charging up his laser powered Jackson guitar to over 9,000!
> Event - flies on-screen with jetpack; hovers alongside player character and charges up massive laser blast which takes out all flying enemies every few seconds; exits via jetpack.
> Contributed original signature guitars, custom in-game theme and voice acting.
> Reprising his role from the Eternal Descent comics (Vol.2 #4)
> In-game appearance, phrases and abilities pay tribute to existing video game, anime and Internet memes.
Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes is released on iOS platforms in July, with plans for Android, PC and home console versions of Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes in the future. IDW Publishing will be hosting additional Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes' promotions at the IDW Publishing booth #5150 at Comic-Con International: San Diego, from Thursday 18 July to Sunday 21 July 2013, including signings from Periphery & Andrew W.K., alongside Eternal Descent's creator, Llexi Leon.
About Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes
Developed by London-based PLA Studios, Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes explores the unholy alliance that has long existed between the worlds of heavy metal and fantasy comics. Brainchild of British guitarist and comic creator Llexi Leon, Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes is an action-packed 3D scrolling endless brawler. Carve a path through hordes of daemonic minions and fight your way to Hell – all to a killer soundtrack. Set in a fantasy universe where lost souls lurk in every shadow and darkness veils sinister designs, heavy metal could be the key to salvation... or the gateway to destruction!
In addition to a cast of original characters, Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes will feature appearances and original performances from Joe Satriani, Arch Enemy, Wayne Static, Periphery, Andrew W.K., and many more rock/metal music acts appearing through regular updates. Numerous real-world instrument brands such as ESP, Jackson and Dean Guitars have endorsed Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes, allowing the game to accurately portray cameo musicians with their signature instruments for real shred guitar action!
Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes will be available in July on iTunes for £1.99, with a series of updates and expansions planned throughout the year. Android, PC and home console versions of Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes are planned throughout 2014.
For further information on Eternal Descent: Heavy Metal Heroes, please contact:
Stu Taylor and Tor Watson at Dead Good Media
T: +44 (0)7780 600 728
About Eternal Descent
Originally a virtual band formed in 2004, Eternal Descent features regular collaborations with the biggest names in rock and metal. Expanding from comics and graphic novels into soundtracks, animation, games, and incredible cross-branded merchandise including limited edition ESP guitars, Digitech effects pedals and DiMarzio accessories featuring iconic illustrations of the most popular characters.
About PLA Studios
PLA Studios is a London-based developer dedicated to creating engaging and innovative games across web, console, mobile and social platforms.