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Of Bird and Cage is a hectic metal-themed adventure game coming in May

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Heavy metal concept albums are indisputably the highest form of art, so it makes sense that someone would want to make a heavy metal concept album that is also a game (the other highest form of art). That’s what Of Bird and Cage (opens in new tab) is, and it’s releasing on Steam on May 20.

Like a good metal album, the new trailer for Of Bird and Cage is a little bit embarrassing: The tone sits somewhere on the intersection of bleak, cathartic, funny and cringeworthy. There’s lots of strange psychedelic first-person sections intercut with more grounded sequences featuring serious people having serious emotional crises. Honestly, you have to watch it. I just don’t know.

The soundtrack features contributions from former and present members of Guns N’ Roses, EPica, Within Temptation, Evanescence, Symphony X, Asking Alexandria, Kamelot, Kobra and the Lotus, Gunned Down Horses, and more. It’s now available to wishlist on Steam (opens in new tab).

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.