Certain things are just made to go together – peanut butter and jelly, bullets in a magazine – and in this case, the introduction of iconic heavy metal band Megadeth to World of Tanks and World of Warships as part of the Metal Fest in-game event later this month.
Between August 28 and October 3, players across World of Warships: Legends, World of Tanks Modern Armor, World of Warships PC and World of Tanks Blitz PC will be able to unlock Megadeth themed vehicles, commanders, skins, emblems, hangar items and more.
Across their 40-year tenure as one of the world’s biggest metal bands, Megadeth have been no stranger to the iconographies of monstrous war machines roaring through a battlefield. As a huge fan of both heavy metal and tanks, I couldn’t help but pop my head into Wargaming to learn more about how this epic collaboration came about.
This may be a first-of-its-kind partnership for Megadeth, but Wargaming itself is well-versed in collaborations such as this one. Alena Terekhova, Publishing Director on World of Tanks Modern Armor, tells us that multiple teams working on the game gravitated towards the idea of bringing a heavy metal band into the fold. Not only that, but when the developer posed the question of who to bring in to its fans, Megadeth triumphed.
“We, like our players, are big fans of metal music,” Terekhova says. “That, and Megadeth is one of their favourite heavy metal bands, based on the number of surveys we had.”
“Summer was a perfect time for it, as this is a period of music fests and concerts in the real world,” Terekhova adds. “We thought that it would be a great concept and opportunity to have a tie-in with a metal band during this period.”
Megadeth also has a history with video games – their music has appeared in titles such as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and a former Megadeth roadie is cited as the inspiration for characters in Brütal Legend. “The band has an established presence in the gaming world, but this is their biggest collaboration to date”, said Marko Valentic Global Business Development and Communications Director of the World of Warships franchise.
So the big question is, what do players get when the Metal Fest event goes live? The band were open to collaborating with Wargaming, and the teams quickly established the right chemistry to craft something unique and memorable for fans.
The Metal Fest event will introduce several Megadeth-themed tanks across World of Tanks Modern Armor and World of Tanks Blitz PC, as well as a Tier V cruiser heading to World of Warships: Legends. Players will also have the opportunity to take control of the bands’ four members, as commanders in World of Tanks Modern Armor, who will of course be voiced by the quartet themselves. Additionally, frontman Dave Mustaine will also be made available as a commander in World of Warships Legends and World of Warships PC.
Perhaps most excitingly for fans, the band’s long-running mascot, Vic Rattlehead, will also appear as a commander in both World of Warships titles too and World of Tanks: Modern Armor. Vic Rattlehead features on almost every Megadeth album cover to date; his angry, bony frame is a stalwart of the band’s image, and this is the first time he’s been brought to life with voice acting.
Megadeth sound engineer Chris Rakestraw worked alongside founding member and frontman Dave Mustaine to craft the perfect voice for Vic, making him sound as big and imposing as the character he is.
Take a peek at the full list of Megadeth-themed items available across the World of Tanks and World of Warships titles below, as well as the dates they’ll be taking place:
World of Warships: Legends:
August 29 – October 2 2023
Megadeth branded in-game content:
- Ship Commander – Dave Mustaine (lead vocal, guitar) with unique VO
- USN Ship Commander – Vic Rattlehead (mascot) with unique VO
- Rattlehead cruiser
- Collectible Flag
- Patch – Vic Rattlehead
- Patch Symbol – Vic Rattlehead
World of Tanks Modern Armor:
August 29 – September 25 2023
Megadeth branded in-game content:
- 3D commander of Vic Rattlehead first ever voice over for this collaboration + 17 animations
- 2D commander of Dave Mustaine (lead vocal, guitar) with unique VO
- 2D commander of James LoMenzo (bass, backing vocals) with unique VO
- 2D commanders Dirk Verbeuren (drummer) with unique VO
- 2D commanders Kiko Loureiro (guitarist) with unique VO
- 2D commander Vic Rattlehead (mascot) with VO
World of Warships PC:
August 28 2023 – September 13 2023
Megadeth branded in-game content:
- Dave Mustaine commander with unique VO
- Rattlehead commander with unique VO
- Rattlehead permanent camouflage with “Tornado of Souls” song integration
- Megadeth flag
World of Tanks Blitz PC:
August 29 – September 3 2023
Megadeth branded in-game content:
- Skin Chieftain Mk. 6 (X) Dystopia
- Static Camo – Rust In Peace
- Animated Camo – Countdown to Extinction
- 6 Avatars (Static and Animated)
- Profile Background
- Hangar Item
An extra layer of care was deployed to ensure an authentic experience with these characters in-game. Fans of the band were brought in from all corners of the company to help shape the dialogue, and the new items are packed with references and Easter eggs that the discerning Megadeth enjoyer will appreciate.
“World of Tank Modern Armors’ audio director is a big Megadeth fan, so we tapped him to provide all the best Megadeth lines for our script,” says JJ Bakken, Senior Producer on World of Tanks, Modern Armor. “It’s not usually his area, but he took on the extra project and really delivered. The script is full of Megadeth lyric references and sounds great!”
Bakken adds that the Cold War era tank featured as part of the World of Tanks Modern Armor collaboration is particularly crammed with fun nods to the band’s lyrics and themes, and adds: “When that tank was full, that’s how we knew the project was complete.”
The Metal Fest event runs between August 28 and October 2. During this time, players will gain access to all of the new Megadeth-themed additions across World of Tanks Modern Armor and World of Warships: Legends. Hop in for free on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
World of Tanks
World of Tanks is a global online multiplayer free-to-play game dedicated to tank warfare in the mid-20th century. Custom built for Xbox, World of Tanks features realistic vehicles and environments, enabling players to command history’s most powerful tanks and experience combat on Xbox like never before.
• Strategic, fast-paced 15 vs 15 online action.
• Over 700 authentic tanks to choose from among 12 nations.
• Battle across a variety of environments with varying terrain and weather effects
• Built-in support for Xbox One X pushing the boundaries of graphic fidelity.
• Regular updates offer new content and frequent special events.
World of Warships: Legends
Experience epic naval action in World of Warships: Legends—a global multiplayer free-to-play online game in which you can conquer the seas on the decks of history’s greatest warships! Recruit Legendary Commanders, upgrade your vessels, and stake your claim to naval domination alongside and against players from around the world.
CHOOSE YOUR COMBAT STYLE
Take control of over 350 destroyers, cruisers, battleships, and aircraft carriers—a range of ships that’s perfect for every playstyle, whether it’s an all-guns-blazing approach, more careful and methodical attacks, or tactics that are unique to you.
New content in form of ships, Campaigns, events, Bureau Projects and more arrives regularly! Each update brings new features to shake things up in the game.
Develop Legendary vessels such as Yamato from the ground up in the Bureau, finish epic Campaigns to gain exclusive patches and powerful new ships, and compete in Ranked Battles Seasons for a ton of rewards!
TURN THE TIDE IN EPIC 9V9 BATTLES
Join forces with friends to challenge players around the world, and work together across consoles to devise strategies and plan attacks via voice chat. Cooperate to outgun your opponents and Turn the Tide of battle!
World of Warships: Legends features loot boxes known as “containers” and “Crates.” These provide various items to boost your in-game progress.
World of Tanks Blitz
Wargaming Group Limited
Meet a truly legendary MMO shooter for your device! Become part of a community of millions of players from across the world, take a vehicle into your first massive tank battle, fight in a 7×7 format, and win! Check out the extraordinary variety of vehicles, maps, modes, and possible strategies that this tank shooter game has to offer!
You’ll discover an enormous and action-packed world of tanks—historically accurate World War II vehicles from the USSR, Germany, France, Japan, Great Britain, China, the USA, and many other countries. You’ll also drive experimental vehicles that have been brought to life based on blueprints created by famous real-life engineers, vehicles inspired by well-known anime series, and armored monsters from popular alternative universes—everything you might need to have fun fighting in a multiplayer action game with friends both old and new. There are over 400 vehicles to choose from!
There’s always room for growth as you progress in this PVP shooting online war game with its well-developed progression system. You’ll research a wide array of vehicles, from Tier I tanks to monstrous Tier X machines. Change the guns, customize the equipment, and apply camouflage to increase your chances of survival and domination. Tune your combat vehicle to specifically match your playstyle, the battle type specifics, or mode.
You’re unlikely to get bored. No battle is the same. Regular in-game events that feature Collector and Premium tanks as rewards alternate with new game modes that will change the way you think of army multiplayer shooting games. Gravity Force will make your tank float above the ground. Burning Games will put your survival skills to the test and surprise you with the possibility of healing your allies. Mad Games brings the meaning of “mad” to a whole new level: become invisible, play dead, surge forward, ram the enemy as though your life depends on it (oh wait, it does!).
Discover a multitude of maps. Tank battles will unfold on a variety of different and distinctive arenas in which victory depends on your team’s strategy and knowledge of their surroundings. Normandy at the moment when the turning point of WW2 occurred. The post-apocalyptic Wasteland, scorched by an oppressive radioactive sun. The Mediterranean coast with its ancient ruins. A snow-covered base at the edge of the world, a metropolis, desert sands, an eastern city… And even the Moon!
You’re never alone. Want to play with a friend? Create a platoon. Want to collaborate on a bigger scale? Join a clan to enter battle as part of a pack of like-minded players and seek glory in Rating Battles or participate in tournaments with prizes! Coordinate your strategy and annihilate your enemies together!
Expect it to be spectacular. The game is automatically optimized for your device. Enjoy the eye-catching features of every battle arena, highly detailed tank models, massive explosions, and flying blown-off turrets. Manual settings will help you find the balance between fantastic visuals and high FPS.
WoT Blitz is a tank universe within your phone or tablet. So hurry up, enter the game, and start your engine!
The game is suitable for adults and children over 12 years old.
Learn more at https://wotblitz.com/