What began as a graduation assignment for students of the University of Arts Utrecht, Netherlands in September 2013, has become an ambitious, full-fledged and multidisciplinary art project. Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame is the world's first rock opera videogame. In the game – 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. This 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).
Watch the trailer and find more information on our Karmaflow: The Rock Opera Videogame website.
The rock opera will also be released as an album, in October 2014, and at the end of this year the concert series Karmaflow in Concert starts. Early 2015 there will be a big finale, in the form of two shows in the Dutch city 's-Hertogenbosch, named Karmaflow in Concert: The Rock Opera with Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania) and more joining the Karmaflow band and the "Metropole Orkest" on stage.
More information about Karmaflow in Concert? Click here.
The game will be released early 2015, for PC and MAC.
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