This week saw the release of Hail to the King: Deathbat, a collaboration between developer Subscience Studios and the metal-ish band Avenged Sevenfold. And when I say collaboration, I don’t mean that Avenged Sevenfold simply licensed their name out to a studio who then used it to create a game. No, the band members themselves, especially lead singer M. Shadows, had a direct hand in creating Deathbat. As long-time gamers the band set out to make a game that was a love letter to the games they loved playing growing up, as well as a way to pay tribute to their 15 year history as Avenged Sevenfold. They hit the mark on both of those goals beautifully.