So, that thing that Activision was hinting heavily at earlier in the week, guess what? We were right. They have just announced Guitar Hero Live for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 will be available in the Autumn of 2015.
So, let’s have a look at the features that would warrant this long a wait between Guitar Hero titles.
Guitar Hero Live is being completely reimagined for this gen of consoles and places you centre-stage, with live action, first-person gameplay and reactive crowds. There will be two components to the game, GHTV; the world’s first playable music video network where there are hundreds of your favourite songs to play through across a variety of genre, and Guitar Hero Live (GHLive); which plonks you centre-stage as the star of the live show, with the baying rockers and adoring groupies.
GHTV will allow fans to play in a 24-hour Music TV style arena, singly or against players from across the globe, online. FreeStyleGames, who developed the DJ Hero franchise for Activision, have touted Guitar Hero Live as a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room. Sounds impressive.
Now, one thing you’ll notice from the announcement trailer (yes, I’ve got you a trailer. I am good to you lot), is the lack of colour on the game-board. The controller, as leaked earlier today, is being completely redesigned. This will now feature two rows of three buttons that better reflects the way people naturally play and should ensure fun for people of all abilities. The difficulty is determined with the number of buttons you initially play with, with beginners starting at the bottom row of three buttons, while medium-skilled players can mimic chords without dislocating their fingers by pressing a combination of some of both rows. If you’re good enough to be expert, then both rows and all buttons will be needed as well as the dexterity of Dynamo.
CEO of Activision, Eric Hirshberg had this to say on the announcement:
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. Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright and with GHTV, we have created the world’s first playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever.
I’m excited more than ever, now about the return of Guitar Hero and it’s main competitor. Saturday nights in, in front of the mic, guitar in hand and annoying my neighbours is looking more and more likely every day. Bring it on. Enough of me rambling on, here’s the launch trailer.
Will you be investing in Guitar Hero Live?