Marshawn Lynch has gone virtual.
The Seattle Seahawks star running back is sharing his likeness and voice for a villainous character in "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," the next installment of the popular series of first-person shooter video games.
Lynch, also known as “Beast Mode” for his relentless running style when he has the ball, told ESPN's Sam Alipour that he has been an enormous fan of the game franchise since his college days at California. "It's a fun-loving way to let off some stress,” Lynch said.
Once developers heard that Lynch was a fan, including him in the game was a no-brainer, Alipour wrote.
"For Marshawn's role, we needed an imposing figure," Mark Lamia, head of game developer Treyarch, told Alipour.
Here is Alipour's synopsis of the game: "In the year 2065, cybernetic advancements give rise to augmented human soldiers, a new breed of badass charged with preserving our way of life. Their mission leads them to a seedy bar in Singapore, where they encounter an underworld boss and his elite squad of mercenaries. Among them is a 5-foot-11, 215-pound battering ram of a man who's exactly like the world's most ferocious running back circa 2015: the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch."
"Call of Duty: Black Ops III" is due out Nov. 6.Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times