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Metal: Hellsinger is a heavy metal rhythm shooter

Helmed by an ex-Battlefield, Payday 2 designer

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Metal: Hellsinger is mixing up the hellspawn-slaying first-person shooter genre with a twist: It’s also a rhythm game.

The new shooter, which is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One — as well as next-generation consoles — sometime in 2021, challenges players to shoot on the beat of a heavy metal soundtrack. The game’s Steam page describes Metal: Hellsinger as a “passion project” from David Goldfarb, game director on Payday 2 and lead designer on Battlefield 3 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and the studio he co-founded, The Outsiders.

As a part-demon, part-human character known (sort of) as The Unknown, the “more in sync you are with the rhythm, the more intense the music will become and the more destruction you will cause,” the game’s Steam listing says. You’ll shoot and slice to original metal music featuring vocals from Matt Heafy of Trivium, Mikael Stanne of Dark Tranquillity, Björn Strid of Soilwork, and Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy. Voice actor Troy Baker (The Last of Us) will narrate the game’s story.

Polygon will have more on Metal: Hellsinger on Thursday.

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