Following the announcement of an all new Rock Band last month, many people wondered whether or not we could be seeing a new Guitar Hero as well. Activision confirmed today that FreeStyleGames, the developers behind DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, will be bringing a new Guitar Hero to consoles this fall and it doesn't look like anything we would have expected.
Live crowds and performers? This could be awesome in either a genuinely great way or a hilarious FMV way. Either way, I'm interested to see how this plays out. The press release heralds the live-action experience as "a quantum leap forward in immersion and realism," so take that how you will.
Guitar Hero Live will launch this fall alongside GHTV, a playable music video network. Guitar Hero players will be able to play along with 24-hour channels of the latest music. It continually updates to keep a fresh rotation of music videos. Multiple channels will be available as well as themed shows. Additionally, players can purchase music videos to play on-demand.
In a surprise move, Guitar Hero Live will also be playable on tablets and smart phones. Exactly how that works or what that will mean remains to be seen.
Guitar Hero Live features a redesigned controller with two rows of three buttons. This redesign was motivated to mimic how people actually play guitar and FreeStyleGames assures players that this new layout will be easier for newcomers and more satisfying for veterans. It is currently unclear whether this new Guitar Hero will work with older guitar controllers.
Some of the artists being touted for Guitar Hero Live include: 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, with many more bands to be announced in the coming months.
On top of that, if any of you are in the area of one of these three Best Buy locations, you'll have the chance to play Guitar Hero Live before its release this fall.
- April 14, 2015: Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm - 9pm
- April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm - 5pm
- April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm - 5pm
Guitar Hero Live will be launching fall 2015, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and select mobile devices that are TBA.