Beats and Blades: The Video Game Designed To Showcase Producers
Music has always been an integral part to video games. Soundtracks add to the experience of gaming: they let you know whether or not you need to make haste, be wary of your surroundings, or get you pumped to drop buckets on your friends or the CPU. There have been countless games that allow you to live the life of a music star by way of karaoke button mashing, but this may be the first game we’ve come across that isn’t powered by licensed tracks.
Slated for a 2016 release, Beats and Blades is a new game from Zikwave Studios Inc. that mixes the worlds of hip-hop and video games and has also been in development for the past three years. An action-based game, you play one of two characters tasked with battling an evil corporation bent on recruiting folks with special abilities. The game’s main character, Terrell, declined an offer to join the corporation’s ranks and battles the very talented and dangerous recruits, alongside another character by the name of Claire.
Since the developers of the games themselves are composers, they always made sure music was a significant part of whatever they produced. For Beats and Blades, they did this by creating a game where producers are the key element to gameplay; while a game, with a pretty interesting storyline, the most interesting aspect of the game is the fact that all of the music is original and will be used to promote producers from all over the world (and for hip-hop lovers to find new creators).
The ZikWave Studios team will be holding a contest to choose the globe’s best beatmakers to be featured on the game’s soundtrack. Head over to their Facebook and Twitter pages to get further details and follow along as the game makes its way to consoles sometime next year.