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The track releases in full today, the day before REMNANT II ’s first DLC, The Awakened King , launches on November 14

November 13, 2023

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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

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Amsterdam, Netherlands — November 13, 2023 - Gearbox Publishing and Gunfire Games are excited to announce today that Trivium vocalist and guitarist Matthew Kiichi Heafy has released the full version of his song, ‘Wielder of the Plague’ for REMNANT II. Heafy wrote and recorded the track in support of REMNANT II and the soon-to-be released DLC The Awakened King.

First teased as a special bespoke edit of the song in the game’s EU Accolades Trailer earlier this year, the song has been released in full today, the day before REMNANT II’s highly anticipated first DLC, The Awakened King, launches on November 14.

The full version of ‘Wielder of the Plague’ is also accompanied by a bespoke REMNANT II music video.

Watch the music video for ‘Wielder of the Plague’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roKbJtlYfTs


In support of the new track, Heafy - an avid streamer in his own right - will be joining the much-loved UK streaming duo TwoAngryGamers for a REMNANT II DLC livestream between 3PM and 4PM GMT (10AM and 11AM ET) on November 14. Heafy will also be raffling a REMNANT II swag kit on his social channels, as well as an exclusive REMNANT II x Matt Heafy collaboration shirt.

“Video games and video game music have been a part of my life since I was 5 years old.” said Matt Heafy. ”At 5, I beat my first video game (Super Mario Bros.) and my journey went to RPGs like Final Fantasy, and then FPSs like Doom. The first time I heard the music in Doom (I was 11) - I knew someday I wanted to make music like this in video games. I didn’t even know about metal or that the music in that game was metal.

Fast forward to 2023. I am so excited - honored - privileged - and thankful to say I’ve been asked to compose some music inspired by REMNANT II for the promotion of the game. I can’t wait for you to hear this.”

About Matthew Kiichi Heafy/Trivium: 

Matthew Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese American musician, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist for the Grammy nominated heavy metal band Trivium. He is an avid gamer, practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and food connoisseur. Matt streams daily on his Twitch channel “matthewkheafy” playing video games, doing guitar clinics, vocal warmups and showcasing his Brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. 

Some of Matt’s notable accomplishments include hosting the first ever full metal gaming village at Wacken Open Air, launching an MKH Les Paul custom signature model with Epiphone Guitars, is Streamlabs top streamer merch seller of all time, and Matt has co-founded the Metal & Honey Foundation.  

The Metal & Honey Foundation supports the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for children. One hundred percent of the proceeds directly benefit the music therapy program. 

Trivium’s tenth full-length album, In The Court Of The Dragon is available now via Roadrunner Records. 


REMNANT II was released on July 25th 2023 and has sold more than one million copies in its first four days after launch. The game is available on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S with and ESRB rating of ‘M’ for mature. The Awakened King, the first premium DLC for REMNANT II, will launch on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S on November 14. This will be the first DLC in the previously announced DLC Bundle, consisting of three DLC packs, for REMNANT II. To learn more about Remnant II, please visit www.remnantgame.com or get updates at X, Facebook, and Instagram



Founded in 2016, Gearbox Publishing was established with the goal of helping developers around the world bring their products to market while retaining their unique creative visions. The mission began with the critically-acclaimed Homeworld Remastered Collection for PC, and has since been followed by many partnerships that include Hello Neighbor, Astroneer, We Happy Few, Star Trek Online, Neverwinter, Remnant: From the Ashes, the Torchlight series, Have a Nice Death, Risk of Rain 2, Tribes of Midgard, and PlayStation® 5 launch title, Godfall. Gearbox Publishing remains committed to its mission to entertain the world and become the most developer-friendly publisher in the industry. The Gearbox Entertainment Company is a proud member of the Embracer Group AB family of companies, which is publicly traded at Nasdaq First North (EMBRAC B). For more information, visit www.gearboxpublishing.com


Gunfire Games is a PC, console and VR game developer based in Austin, Texas. The studio’s core team grew from the ashes of Vigil Games, best known for creating the Darksiders franchise as well as the best-selling Oculus Rift title, Chronos. Founded with a passion for creating games with great worlds, the team continues this mission with Remnant II. For more information about Gunfire Games and Remnant II visit https://gunfiregames.com 



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