A recent release of downloadable content (DLC) for multiplayer online game League of Legends features collaborative efforts involving EDM icons Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Dada Life and The Crystal Method. While it’s certainly not the first time EDM artists have worked alongside game developers, the DLC raises the bar on how players can interactively connect with the music contributed.
The DLC takes the form of a playable character’s new "skin", a digital outfit bought with real-world cash that permits the player to use new functions within the game. For the character Sona, players can buy a skin called DJ Sona, which, in addition to changing the character’s in-game appearance, allows the player to choose from three interactive music themes to listen to during play.
The first theme, “Concussive,” was a collaboration between Bassnectar and rock musician Renholdër with an accordingly heavy vibe: