Looks like it could be some kind of shooter game.
Musician Joel Zimmerman (known professionally as Deadmau5) has revealed that he’s currently developing a video game with the help of a small team.
Between a live Twitch stream and several posts on Reddit and Twitter, Deadmau5 has revealed initial details about the project, but as development is still in the prototype phase, specifics are understandably lacking.
The game will be developed using Epic Games‘ Unreal Engine. While he admitted it’s unlikely that he’ll be involved in the programming, the musician seems confident in his team, describing its members as, “talented [developers] who REALLY know their shit with [Unreal Engine]… ” and also clarified that it’s not a solo project.
For the time being, the team is just “setting up some basic mechanics, getting a space together where we can jam out in an arena of sorts and spitball ideas… ”
Deadmau5 noted that making a game is “a long and [arduous] process… ” but he’s passionate about it and “looking forward to sharing more… ”
He’s spoken about his passion for video games in the past. In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, he talked about how – in terms of sound – his love for video games influenced his music-making.
“The first video games that I ever played didn’t even have soundtracks. It was just a bunch of blips and bloops, and then as the technology evolved we started hearing soundtracks to early NES titles and Super Nintendo titles. I was actually really taken by the – if you will – soundtrack for Castlevania and Super Castlevania for Super Nintendo. That was like, ‘Holy shit! These are cool songs!’ Now you can just take professional-level recordings as is – sometimes better – and just throw them in games.”
However this (what seems like a) first-person shooter turns out, it won’t be the first time the musician’s been involved with a video game.
Deadmau5 contributed to the soundtrack of 2010’s DJ Hero 2 with two tracks, one of which was a collaboration with Kaskade. He even made an appearance in-game, wearing his distinctive mouse mask on stage.
He was also a major contributor to the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, with 10 tracks to his name (or BSOD – the duo consisting of Deadmau5 and Steve Duda.) There was even an in-game radio station named after Deadmau5.