Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH), Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Marc Hudson (DRAGONFORCE) and Simone Simons (EPICA) are among the heavy metal singers who will appear in "Karmaflow", which is said to be "the world's first rock opera videogame."
What began as a graduation assignment for students of the University of Arts Utrecht, The Netherlands in September 2013, has become an ambitious, full-fledged and multidisciplinary art project.
In "Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame" — a "puzzle platformer" or "adventure game" — music plays an important role. That is because the story is brought to you in the form of a rock opera. An all-star cast steps into the shoes of the game's characters and brings the story singing.
The cast includes (among others):
* Simone Simons (EPICA)
* Dani Filth (CRADLE OF FILTH)
* Marc Hudson (DRAGONFORCE)
* Tony Kakko (SONATA ARCTICA)
* Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY)
The musical score is performed by the Metropole Orkest (the world's biggest professional pop and jazz orchestra) and band members of EPICA, TEXTURES and WITHIN TEMPTATION.
"Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame" has several storylines, but what makes this game unique is the fact that the player determines the course of the game as well as the rock opera by the choices he makes. The music of the rock opera can be heard throughout the whole game — even while playing it. The music reacts to the playing style of the gamer. Making choices is thus very important for the course of the game and the music, which — just like in the real world — revolves around opposites (men versus nature, opposite religions, rich versus poor, et cetera) and balance. The developers and the composer are looking for a good balance as well, namely between the various fusing elements in "Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame" (videogame, music, performances, live shows, interactivity).
The rock opera will be released as an album in October, and the concert series "Karmaflow In Concert" will be launched at the end the year. In early 2015, there will be a big finale in the form of two shows in the Dutch city 's-Hertogenbosch, featuring Alissa White-Gluz, Mariangela Demurtas (TRISTANIA) and more joining the "Karmaflow" band and the Metropole Orkest on stage.
The game will be released in early 2015, for PC and Mac.
For more information, visit www.karmaflowgame.com.