It’s been far too long since you took to the stage with a plastic instrument hasn’t it? Well to sate those desires Activision has announced that brand new title Guitar Hero Live will be released worldwide this autumn on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.
Developed by FreeStyle Games, devs of DJ Hero 1 and 2, Guitar Hero Live takes gameplay to a new level by delivering a first person view of the action. Yes you’ve still got notes hurtling towards you at a great rate of knots but now you’ve got a real reactive crowd to get nervous in front of and real bandmates who will react accordingly. No pressure.
"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 labour of love,” says Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright.”
The guitar controller has been redesigned with no sign of the clunky red and green buttons of yonder year. Instead there are two rows of three buttons on a far sleeker instrument than we’ve ever seen before. This new set up is apparently more intuitive for beginners but also means there will be all kinds of new challenges with complex chord shapes.
The game will also include a feature known as GHTV, apparently the world’s first playable music video network that will allow you to play along with a constantly updated library of tracks across multiple genres. The experience will stretch to mobiles too, with Guitar Hero Live and GHTC “fully playable” on tablets and mobile phones. How yet is unclear.
Artists already confirmed for Guitar Hero Live include The Black Keys, Fallout Boy, My Chemical Romance, Ed Sheeran, and the Rolling Stones with more to be confirmed before release. RSI awaits.