Rejoice, music and video game fans alike: Activision has announced the resurrection of their former franchise giant ‘Guitar Hero,’ “Completely Re-Imagined for the Next Generation”.
After last month’s announcement of ‘Rock Band 4’ from Activision’s music game rival Harmonix, you might fear that we’re set to return to the days where a new music game was released every week, plastic instruments littering living rooms only to be forgotten after a few months. However, Activision is pushing ‘Guitar Hero Live’ as an entirely new perspective in the franchise with a whole slew of features and changes that makes it look much different than it did back in the late 2000s.
First off, say goodbye to your cartoony avatars and brightly colored graphics – with GH Live, you will “feel the rush of performing in a REAL band, in front of REAL crowds who react in REAL time to your performance. You’ll either win the crowd or lose them. Plus, your band mates will also let you know if you’re rocking out or need to pick it up.” These stages can range from small clubs with a couple dozen people, or giant outdoor concerts with an audience in the hundreds.
“Guitar Hero is a franchise that so many people love. Figuring out how to bring it back with true breakthrough innovation has been years in the making, and a labor of love,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright.”
If that sounds too nerve-wracking for you, then worry not: the game’s other feature, GHTV, is a collection of official music videos that lets you “pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs . . . [and] choos[ing] songs to play on-demand.” However, you won’t be able to choose which songs in particular you’ll get to play, only the specific channels, hence why it’s being call “TV”.
Along with the new look, ‘Guitar Hero’ has redesigned their guitar controller, giving it two rows of three buttons. This new layout is meant to reflect how people naturally play, making it easier for new players but more challenging for experienced players. “Medium-level players don’t have to stretch their fingers down the neck of the guitar controller anymore and can instead skillfully play two-row combinations that mimic real chords. Experienced players have a new challenge in creating complex chord-like shapes and finger combinations that will bring new thrills to veterans”
Activision plans to have hundreds of songs available spanning across all genres; more artists will be announced later, but here are the artists they have already confirmed: The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil, and Blitz Kids.
‘Guitar Hero Live’ is set to release in Fall 2015. Activision wants to make sure everyone has access to this game, releasing it not just on all consoles (PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U) but on mobile phones and tablets as well.