It’s been 10 years since Harmonix first started bringing the noise to our living rooms. They developed the original Guitar Hero and launched a new era of gaming with it back in 2005. Harmonix eventually moved on to the Rockband franchise, but Activision kept the Guitar Hero brand as their own.
As Activision is wont to do, they released Guitar Hero after Guitar Hero until the franchise could no longer sustain profitability. Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock launched in 2011 and we haven’t heard of a new entry since – at least until today.
Today, Activision has announced Guitar Hero Live. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio is attempting to reinvent the franchise altogether. You’re no longer with band mates, well not ones with plastic instruments anyway, instead you’re hitting the road as the guitarist alongside actual musicians who have been filmed in front of an actual live audience. And you’re rocking out with them all in first-person.
That’s right, Guitar Hero Live puts you into a first-person perspective. No more goofy animated band mates, no more prerendered venues. Instead, you’ll be looking out into a sea of thousands (should you be good enough to get there) and doing your best to keep on rocking them, baby. FreeStyleGames has recorded real bands doing real concerts and plan to put you right in the middle of them. Broken Tide is the group from the trailer, but also included will be Blackout Conspiracy, Portland Cloud Orchestra, The Jephson Hangout, Our Pasts Collide, and more plan to be incorporated.
“That’s right, Guitar Hero Live puts you into a first-person perspective. No more goofy animated band mates, no more pre-rendered venues. Instead, you’ll be looking out into a sea of thousands (should you be good enough to get there) and doing your best to keep on rocking them, baby.”
If you’re suffering from stage fright, you can opt out of doing a live gig and instead just relax with Guitar Hero TV. In this mode, you can simply play alongside any of the hits within the title while watching the actual band’s music video. Speaking of bands, here is who are confirmed to be appearing within Guitar Hero Live as of now: The Black Keys, Blitz Kids, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Gary Clark Jr., Green Day, The Killers, The Lumineers, My Chemical Romance, Pierce the Veil, The Rolling Stones, Skrillex, and The War On Drugs.
Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge what makes Guitar Hero what it is – the guitar. Gone are the standard 5 frets and strum bar. The new guitar consists of six frets, a strum bar and a Hero Power button. Take a look at it below:
Activision is promising a Fall 2015 release for Guitar Hero Live. Surely the public will be able to go hands on with the title and guitar at E3, but early previews are generally favorable. Checkout the announcement trailer below to get an idea of what it will look like to rock out with Guitar Hero Live later this year. The new title is planned for last and current gen systems.