Activision is coming in heavy with the announcement of a new Guitar Hero title – Guitar Hero Live. If the announcement trailer below is to be believed, then Guitar Hero Live aspires to be the most realistic music game we’ve ever seen, providing a first-person experience of what’s it like to be a rockstar.
Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind the DJ Hero games, Guitar Hero Live aims to give players the feeling of being on stage in front of a live crowd, one that actually reacts to how good (or bad) you are. The first-person experience “delivers the full emotional roller coaster” of being the lead guitarist, playing songs across the entire musical landscape. No other roles where mentioned, so it is safe to assume Guitar Hero Live goes back to the basics and focuses solely on the guitar.
The redesigned controller combines the best of the old ones with a few creative innovations, one of which is separating the buttons into two rows sandwiched together as part of the guitar’s neck. This new design is supposed to help players of all abilities pick up and enjoy the games mechanics. Additionally, the hard and expert modes will actually have players forming real chord with their fingers, so as to give a more immersive experience of playing a guitar.
Another new feature in GH Live is GHTV, a 24 hour television service which plays through a set of over-growing popular music videos. Fans will be able to play alone or complete against people from all over the world for the high score. The finished product looks to have a number of channels which will feature a changing selection across a wide variety of genres.
“Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “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.” Not the most sound strategy, but it may prove successful.
Guitar Hero Live will be available in Fall of 2015, on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and even selected tablets and mobile phones.