Okkervil River's Will Sheff Releases 8-Bit Videogame to Promote New Album

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Despite the intensely emotional nature of his music, it’s good to know Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff is still in touch with his inner nerd.

As part of the promotional blitz for the band’s seventh studio release, The Silver Gymnasium, Sheff has partnered with Eyes And Ears’ Benjamin Miles to produce a multi-part, 8-bit adventure game inspired by the album.

The gameplay has the player taking on the identity of a young, introverted boy searching for his sister. Using pieces of his sister’s diary like breadcrumbs, you wander into the town graveyard, where ominous omens await you.

Though the first part mainly concerns set-up, subsequent installments, which will supposedly be released every few weeks, promise a more action-filled, horror-inspired browser game.

Of course, this is not the first time a band has used a video game structure to promote their music. Earlier this year, Nashville band Kansas Bible Company employed a brief, 8-bit video game to promote their single, “Jesus the Horse Thief.”

The Silver Gymnasium is set to be released on Sept. 3 on ATO. You can play the first chapter of the game here.

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