Guitar Hero Live Announced – Gameplay Footage & Hands-On Impressions
Guitar Hero Live will launch in “Fall 2015” for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and Wii U, Activision has announced.
DJ Hero developer FreeStyleGames will be developing the new title, the first proper Guitar Hero game in 5 years.
Guitar Hero Live is looking pretty great, with its primary way through a first-person point of view with the guitarist up on stage. That means as you’re playing you’ll be looking across at 90,000 real people, offering the ultimate arena rock experience. Better still, the crowds will react dynamically, in real-time, to how well or badly your performance is going.
Check the video above to see it in action and to hear our hands-on impressions.
Guitar Hero Live will also include something called GHTV, a playable music video network which runs 24 hours a day and will run through a continually-updated collection of official music videos that you can play over. There will be multiple channels to choose between – from rock, to indie to metal, etc… – though you can play tracks on demand if you’d rather. (Come back to X-ONE later this week for more information on this interesting new service).
Guitar Hero Live will also introduce a brand new guitar peripheral. It offers an entirely new way to play, featuring two rows of three buttons that better reflects the way people play real guitar. It means that Activision will be able to scale the difficulty, not to mention introduce chord-patterns and new combo types.
“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,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “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 live, playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles, or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever.”
The game will feature hundreds of playable songs, though Activision is yet to announce a full track list.
Guitar Hero Live will bundle with a guitar for $99 in the US, a UK price has yet to be revealed.