Earlier this month, we worked with hello games‘next rhythm game Avicii Invector Encore Edition for Nintendo Switch. While many fans of the late EDM icon eagerly await the release of The Musical Adventure on Console, its developers have teamed up with a legendary game publisher. Atari for a recently released mobile game celebrating the life and work of Avicii. Appropriate title Beat Legend: Avicii, the game allows gamers to explore the magnificent soundscapes created by its timeless melodies all over the world on their mobile devices.
Prior to the game’s release, EDM.com had the pleasure of chatting with the main game developer, Oskar Eklund, and the CEO of Atari, Frederick Chesnais, for an in-depth conversation about the Beat the legend series. The duo shared unique insights into how the game was created hand-in-hand with Avicii himself before his tragic death, what players can expect from future releases of the series, and how the games can provide a source. additional income for artists affected by the current global health crisis.
The incorporation of popular music into video games has remained a staple of the gaming industry since the 1980s. Nowadays, it is very common for a game to feature current hits in its soundtrack. While this notion is by no means a rarity, it’s not often that platinum-selling artists actually delve into the basics of a game and help develop its design. Artists of Avicii’s caliber, however, are a rarity.
âWe actually invented the game with him,â Eklund told EDM.com. “The basics of the game come from our joint venture by working very closely with him.” Despite his status as one of the most illustrious artists in the industry, Avicii still took the time to work on the game and even spent long days testing the gameplay and giving his opinion.
âNormally you might get licenses for artists, et cetera, but he was really involved in creating some of the gameplay,â says Eklund. âThose times we met we were supposed to meet for an hour, but we sat for four or five hours trying out some new gameplay. He was very involved and very involved; he loved games.”
Interestingly enough, the reason behind the space game setting is that Avicii was a huge fan of the classic PlayStation One, Annihilate. Considering that Avicii helped choose the overall theme of the game, some of his artwork was inspired by his logo as well as some stunning visuals from his concerts.
With the promise of future versions in the Beat the legend series, music lovers can’t help but wonder which artists will be featured in subsequent releases, but Chesnais and Eklund said they couldn’t announce which artists will be next just yet. While we don’t know who the next sound to explore will be, the duo have mentioned that EDM will be the main focus in the interim due to its inherently seamless integration with gameplay. They also revealed that they have worked with several EDM artists, but they are very open to comments from the public and are willing to explore other genres to meet demand.
Although no specific name has been given, Chesnais and Eklund claim that artists from all walks of life and all degrees of popularity are considered. When describing the plan for future entries in the Beat the legend series, Chesnais discussed how the game can help artists recoup lost revenue due to the devastating impact of COVID-19 on the live music space.
âIt’s about entertainment, but at the same time, it’s also about economics,â Chesnais said. “I think the games themselves offer a kind of new avenue for some artists.”
In addition to offering artists new opportunities in these turbulent times, Atari and Hello There Games will donate music royalties from Beat Legend: Avicii at The Tim Bergling Foundation. Founded by the parents of the late artist, Klas and Anki Bergling, the organization supports mental health research efforts and seeks to raise awareness of suicide so that it is recognized as a global health emergency.