UNIVERSAL CITY, California — After reuniting for a fall tour, Korn and Limp Bizkit are ready to throw down.
Don't go looking for Back 2 Brawling Tour tickets just yet, though, as the bands are set to battle only in the cyber world, in a video game Jonathan Davis is developing called "Pop Scars."
"It's basically a celebrity fighting game, but in the context of a 'Soul Calibur' or 'Mortal Kombat,' where it's a real fighting game and it's not just a cheap fighting engine, just for the hell of it because it's celebrity fighting," Davis said, pointing out the alleged difference between his game and "Def Jam Vendetta" (see "Battle DMX, Method Man And Redman In Def Jam Video Game"). "It's going to be this real killer fighting [game] with these incredible different worlds where you can go."
Along with Korn and Limp Bizkit, the game is slated to feature some of Davis' other musician friends, like Staind and Marilyn Manson — all sketched by comic book artist Marty Emond.
"It's not going to be just rock people, though," Davis said. "It's going to be everybody. Mary J. Blige and some more on the pop side that I've got to go after, just a well-rounded roster, so it'll be cool."
Spokespeople for Blige did not return phone calls.
Each celebrity will have a world catered to his or her personality. "With different traps and things that can just really eat them up," Davis said. "It's going to be gory and it's going to be good."
Short of the actual programming, Davis said he has been involved in every part of developing the game, including choosing the designs. He is currently meeting with different game makers to find a home for the product.
"I'm really excited about it because we spend most of our time gaming," Davis said. "It's music and games, that's my escape. I love it."
Davis loves gaming so much he worked with Xbox to sponsor the Back 2 Basics Tour with Limp Bizkit (see "Bizkit, Korn Take It Back 2 Basics In L.A. — But Throw In Nirvana And A Mohawk"). Before the shows, Davis competed with fans in various video games onstage and is proud to note he never lost.
"I like the shooting games, the fighting games, the adventure games, I'm a big fan of them all," he said in the fall. "Like 'Splinter Cell,' and there's a new game 'Rainbow Six.' I'm a huge fan of 'The Legend of Zelda.' I just love the way that thing looks. I've beat it twice already."
Davis said he plans to continue making video games after "Pop Scars." In the meantime, Korn have just released their latest single, "Y'all Want a Single" (see "Korn's Attempt To Not Write A Single Backfires").