Linkin Park Go Environmental With New Video Game

Linkin Park really want you to buy their new album and single. The band would also like you to take a more active interest in environmentalism. What better way to get folks excited about both than to release a video game?

Although the idea of a Linkin Park-oriented iOS game might sound like one of the oddest ideas on the entire planet, someone apparently thought it would serve as an excellent promotional gimmick. Enter Linkin Park Recharged — Wastelands, a third-person shooter with a futuristic setting and a positive message.

According to Gamespot, Linkin Park are extremely busy promoting their latest single “Wastelands.” This might explain why the band decided to call the iPad exclusive Linkin Park Recharged — Wastelands. Those clever boys. Instead of giving players a random collection of villains to take down, the guys decided to put together a video game that promotes something other than wanton destruction.

Check out the game’s official synopsis:

“As a member of a specialized resistance unit, the player will fight through hostile territory and complete missions through judicious use of resources. The enemies are the “Hybrids,” a race of genetically engineered bio-mechanical androids who rule over the post-apocalyptic planet. The player will travel through the hostile wastelands on different missions with the aim of depriving the Hybrids of the energy they so badly need. When beaten, some Hybrids will relinquish rare and powerful equipment and valuable crystals, the currency of the Resistance.”

Linkin Park’s new studio album The Hunting Party is presently slated for release on June 17. The band recently told Rolling Stone that they wanted to create something extremely “visceral” with their latest endeavor.

Mike Shinoda told the publication:

“We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive’s sake. We’re not 18-year-old kids making a loud record — we’re 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day.”

While fans are waiting for the record to finally hit retail shelves, they can always pony up $2.99 to help the guys battle bad guys in the not-too-distant future. Linkin Park Recharged — Wastelands is available right now for the iPad. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though the title will arrive on other platforms.

Are you looking forward to Linkin Park’s new album? What do you think about the band putting together a video game with an environmental message?

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