The band Avenged Sevenfold have been friends of Call of Duty: Black Ops developer Treyarch for a long time now, and the partnership continues with Black Ops 4.
Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows will be a playable character in an upcoming content release for Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, Blackout. Actor Danny Trejo is also presumably playable character in the new update. You can see both characters in the image below.
— Avenged Sevenfold (@TheOfficialA7X) July 9, 2019
Celebrity appearances in Black Ops are nothing new. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Rooker, Jeff Goldblum, Ron Perlman, and Heather Graham, among many others have appeared in Black Ops Zombies mode. Shadows and Trejo appear to be the first celebrities in Blackout, however.
Avenged Sevenfold has also written original music for the Black Ops series. They wrote the song “Not Ready To Die” for Black Ops 1, and the entire band even features in the credits scene for Black Ops 2 alongside a dancing Hilary Clinton. Avenged Sevenfold also wrote the song “Mad Hatter” for Black Ops 4.
Shadows also confirmed that Avenged Sevenfold music will appear in the updated Blackout mode. The singer said the new Blackout update will make the battle royale mode darker with an increased focus on zombies, it seems.
While you have to wait a while long to play as Shadows in Blackout, Black Ops 4’s new Zombies expansion, Operation Apocalypse Z, is out now on PS4. Get all the details here.