Guitar Hero is coming back for an encore.
On Tuesday (April 14), Activision, the company behind the genre-launching Guitar Hero franchise, announced that Guitar Hero Live is coming this fall to consoles and mobile devices
However, in many ways Live is less of a sequel and more of a reboot for the Guitar Hero franchise.
For starters, with a new game and new generation of consoles we are getting a new guitar controller. Rather than the five color-coded buttons that have been the norm for plastic guitars since their introduction, the new GH guitar features six buttons in three frets, one stacked on top of the other. This is a small step toward more realistic guitar fingering.
Perhaps the most interesting new features are the gameplay modes. The career mode no longer features a digital avatar playing with their animated band. In GHLive mode, the classic Guitar Hero game play is presented in the first person with real actors portraying your bandmates and the crowd, all of whom will react to your performance. The multiplayer mode is now GHTV, in which the player chooses from and plays along with a number of 24-hour channels playing official music videos (kind of like how MTV used to be before they switched their format to airing only the most terrible drivel imaginable). This will, of coursem include the huge amounts of songs we are used to in music games, and acts from Fall Out Boy to Ed Sheeran to Skrillex have already been confirmed.
Guitar Hero Live will be released this fall for Xbox One and 360, Playstation 3 and 4, as well as WiiU and “select mobile devices."
More details are to be revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June. Check out the announcement trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments!
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