Iron Maiden is teaming up with Italian metal band Lacuna Coil on an in-game collaboration for its free-to-play mobile game “Legacy of the Beast.” This follows the debut collaboration with Amon Amarth in April 2021.
“Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast” wanted a character that would fit into a story with “Mystic Eddie,” a seer who can control his visions (based on Maiden’s classic track “The Clairvoyant” from its “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” album). The result of this collaboration is a dungeon titled “The Search for the Black Anima” and the Shadow Sorceress, a character influenced by Lacuna Coil’s interest in the creative force that comes from the “shadow side” and featured in its 2019 album, “Black Anima.”
The week-long event will take fans and players on a journey to find a malevolent entity who has become a harbinger of other evil creatures. It’s within these forsaken lands that Iron Maiden’s famous mascot Eddie and his eternal confidant and guide, the wise and ancient Alchemist, encounter the Shadow Sorceress, a mysterious wielder of dark arcane power. She has been drawn to the area, with a keen interest in what she calls the “Black Anima.” With the help of Eddie and the Alchemist, their goals are seemingly in line as they battle their way through waves of monsters.
Meet the Shadow Sorceress in “The Search for the Black Anima” at 5 p.m. PT Monday, June 7, in the “Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast” mobile game.
Explaining the series of collaborations, band manager Rod Smallwood explains:
“‘Legacy of the Beast’ was built on a foundation of Iron Maiden songs, art and history, but has also always been about introducing and developing creative ideas that extended beyond Maiden,” said Rod Smallwood, Iron Maiden’s longtime manager, “and, just as we’ve always invited bands out to tour with us, we are delighted to invite some friends to become part of our game and to provide another dimension to the fun, dexterity and excitement of it.”
In “Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast,” metal and RPG gaming fans take on the role of the band’s iconic mascot, Eddie who travels through time, across a diverse array of worlds in 3D environments. Eddie appears in many forms, each a part of Iron Maiden’s history and each with a set of special powers and abilities.
Lacuna Coil vocalist Andrea Ferro said: “A Lacuna Coil inspired character will be featured in the Iron Maiden video game ‘Legacy of the Beast’ … whaaat? Yeah, I’m that excited about this collaboration! Come on, Maiden man! I remember me and Maki blasting ‘Powerslave,’ ‘Seventh Son’ and all the other classics as young skateboarding kids getting into playing music. Heavy metal, monsters and video games, that’s half my lifestyle right there. Horns up!”
Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia said: “My first experience with Iron Maiden was about 30 years ago.I picked up ‘Piece of Mind’ because I was really impressed by the cover. They sounded like nothing I had heard before then and it was instant love! I’ve always been attracted to video games, they’re awesome as they project you into a different dimension and allow you to live a different life, even if for a short moment. I prefer games with a storyline because I like to be embraced by it, get familiar with the characters I am playing with and get involved at the maximum level.”