After five years since the last game, Activision has announced the newest entry in the ‘Hero’ series, Guitar Hero Live. The game will be developed by FreeStyleGames, they are the ones behind DJ Hero and feature two new modes and a completely redesigned guitar controller.
The main game mode, GH Live will put the player on the virtual stage to perform in front of real audience in a first-person perspective.
Yes, you read that right, Activision is changing things up this time around. You won’t be seeing any computer animated audience members or band members. It will be a (pre-recorded) real audience and they react in real-time to how you perform. So if you are don’t know a song too well and start missing notes, the crowd will start to boo you.
The other mode is, GHTV. Activision says it’s “the world’s first playable music video network.” This mode will run for 24 hours and you can jump into a continuously and actively update collection of music video to play through. There will also be channels, shows with certain themes and you will also be able to choose tracks on demand. You can play with your friends, whether they are in the same room or online.
Activision has said that the game will be fully playable on smartphones and tablets but didn’t give any detail as to how that would work. More detail should come in June at E3 2015.
Guitar Hero Live also brings a newly redesigned controller. Gone is the iconic five colour set of buttons. Now the new guitar will have two rows of three buttons to mimic the look and feel of a actual guitar.
Guitar Hero Live will be available this fall on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and select mobile devices. The game will come in a bundle which includes the new guitar controller and the game itself for $99.99.
It looks like this fall will be the battle of the music games (with the release of Rock Band 4 coming this fall as well).
Check out GuitarHero.com for more.