Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Activision has announced Guitar Hero Live, the next entry in the beloved and storied franchise, for Fall 2015 to be released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, the Wii U, and “select mobile devices.”
Guitar Hero Live looks to revitalize the series in a big way, by offering a first-person viewpoint and a live action crowd which reacts to your quality of guitar playing.
Like previous games in the series…
As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people.
Also new to the series is GHTV where players can play along with a continually updated 24-hour music video network. GHTV will feature official music videos from a variety of genres and decades. There will be various channels featuring different genres and themes for players to choose from, as well as an on-demand option. Of course, online and offline multiplayer are options as well. Activision describes GHTV 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.
As previously rumored, Guitar Hero Live will also ship with a newly redesigned guitar controller, featuring 2 rows of 3 buttons to more accurately represent a real guitar, which will allow scalability in difficulty and reduce hand-cramping from reaching your fingers too far.
Some bands have already been announced for Guitar Hero Live, including Fallout Boy, My Chemical Romance, The Black Keys, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, and Carrie Underwood. Activision is promising an eclectic variety of musicians this time out.
Guitar Hero Live is being developed by FreeStyleGames, the same developers behind the DJ Hero series.