The band has just released a new trailer for their upcoming six episode animated Hail to the King series, which debuts December 15th. Created a long with Jon Schnepp who has also worked on Metalocalypse, the series serves as the back story to the Hail to the King: Deathbat mobile game which is expected to be released in "early 2014" according to a statement made by vocalist M. Shadows on their Facebook. You can read the full explanation below:
"First is our "Hail to the King"animated series that we did with Machinima and Jon Schnepp. You may know Jon from his work on Metalocalypse on Adult Swim. It's funny stuff and it was an honor to work with him. Below is the trailer for the series which will debut Dec. 15th. We hope it gives you something entertaining to watch over your Holiday break. The series also plays as a backstory to our mobile game "Hail to the King: Deathbat." We felt this was the best way to tell the story and give you all an idea about the type of game we are creating.
This brings us to the game. Two years ago while touring in South East Asia I looked around the bus taking us from the airport to the hotel and noticed everyone was on their phones and iPads playing different types of games. We had a discussion and decided that it would be fun to create one of our own. The problem was that we didn't feel passionate about doing a full on typical music game. We wanted to do something different. Something inspired by some of our favorite games. So we came up with the idea of turning some of our songs and art work into a living, breathing, evil world. We wanted to bring the story of the Deathbat to life and allow you to control its destiny. While the game stands on its own in terms of the story and game play, we still wanted to add in some extras for our fans. In the game you can unlock 16 pieces of never seen before artwork from all of our albums. There will also be 7 new Cam Rackam paintings available in the game. We also recorded 7 new songs. Now these aren't metal songs, they are theme songs for each level and are done in an old school video game fashion with a new school twist. There will also be re-imagined versions of older songs. Basically, we have not only packed the game with exciting gameplay, but also a lot of things for fans that might now be interested in a video game. The trailer for the game will be released with the Machinima "Hail to the King" series on December 15th as well. Expect a release date in early 2014 as we are in the BETA process now. Remember, the game and series go hand in hand. The animated series tells the story "before" the game takes place. When the series ends, the game picks up."
Avenged Sevenfold are no strangers to coming up with creative content; the DVD/MVI for their self titled album contained an animated short of the recording process in the bonus material, as well the key code to unlock an exclusive web page with photos, videos and other content not found anywhere else.
The band is currently taking sometime off but has announced that they will indeed be touring a lot next year, starting with Soundwave 2014 in Australia. They are also scheduled to play Download, Graspop, Nova Rock, and Aerodome and have promised many more dates to come.