Ever since teasers appeared in August, Linkin Park and Steve Aoki fans have been tearing apart the internet in search of the studio version of “A Light That Never Comes,” their first song together. This week, from their official websites, www.linkinpark.com and steveaoki.com, both artists have finally told fans how to find it: by playing the new, free 3D Facebook game, which launches this week at http://bit.ly/playlprecharge.
The song was originally unveiled as a surprise during Aoki’s performance at the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo last month, where Aoki was joined onstage by Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda. The shaky, distorted cell phone recordings from the concert were the only records of the song until now. Today, fans will work to unveil the studio recording of the song, which, once unlocked via the game, will be serviced to radio and will stream on demand exclusively on Xbox Music.
The game, a product of the imaginations of Linkin Park and gaming giant kuuluu Interactive Entertainment AG, is a free-to-play action/strategy game featuring band-designed characters and missions. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, an art school graduate with a BFA in Illustration, helped design the game.
“I think this song and release show where we’re at right now,” said Shinoda. “Making the song with Steve, premiering it through the Recharge Facebook game, and debuting it via Microsoft’s Xbox Music—I think it’s all indicative of our band’s commitment to experimentation and pushing boundaries.”
Once the single is unleashed, the audio will stream on demand exclusively for 14 days on Xbox Music, Microsoft’s all-in-one music service. Following the Xbox Music launch of free streaming on all Web browsers, the new Linkin Park single, “A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES”, will also be made available on all of its other platforms in varying capacities, including Xbox 360, iOS, and Android.