It’s been five years since the last “Guitar Hero” video game was released, and now, Activision and FreeStyleGames have announced the guitar-centric video game will be making a come back.
In a major press event earlier today, the people behind the hit video game officially announced that a new version of the game will be headed our way this Fall but no official release date was given. Some speculate this will happen during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.
The new game will be called “Guitar Hero Live” which is one of the things that will make it different from it predecessors. “Guitar Hero Live,” like the name says, will be a live interactive game and will feature a new version of the plastic guitar as the controller.
Unlike past guitars, it will have six plectrums as opposed to the five from the previous incarnations; Fender, Gretch, Yamaha, Zildjian, and Blackstar have all contributed to the design.
Another difference comes when the player is actually playing the game. Before, there used to be a figure representing the player, making it a little difficult to concentrate on the keys you needed to hit. But now, the point of view will be first person, allowing the player to see the “overly eager” fans in the crowd, or their fellow bandmates.
The footage will range from small nightclubs, to huge stadiums, all taking place in London.
Another issue that seems to have been kind of resolved, is the problem of the revolving door that is the music industry. When the game was at its prime, rock bands were all the rage, but now hip hop and dance music seem to be prominent. To keep up with the trend, the game will feature something called “Guitar Hero TV” which will let the player flip through genre-specfic channels for the music that best fits them as well as allow the player to play against friends or people across the globe, 24 hours a day.
Then, there’s the best part about the game. The music.
As of now, acts like Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, Pierce the Veil, Skrillex, The Black Keys, The Rolling Stones, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and several more have been confirmed.
In a cool twist, they had Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way on hand at the event to try out the new device.
Check out a video from the event below and the trailer for it.
All in all, a game we’re really excited for as music lovers, video game people and those weirdos who still have the “Guitar Hero II” game and guitar at home.
“Guitar Hero Live” will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PS3, Nintendo Wii U, and “select mobile devices.”