Activision has recently announced that they are bringing back the “Guitar Hero” franchise with the newest installment “Guitar Hero Live”.
This will be the newest release following Activision’s 2010 release “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” and will be made available on all popular consoles (Xbox One, 360, PS3, PS4 and Wii U) at the price of $99.99.
Mobile platforms have also been announced to be able to play, but specific devices have yet to be announced.
As far as the hardware is concerned, Activision has made some changes the classic 5-buttoned, rainbow color schemed controller that has been used for all previous games in the past. Instead, they have introduced a new horizontal pattern, consisting of 6 buttons split into 2 sets of black and white.
The new style is to make the player feel as though they are playing a real guitar, making complex chord-like patterns and challenging the player in new ways.
As far as any other hardware changes, it seems they are sticking to the same click bar and whammy bar that have been seen in past Guitar Hero games.
The style of the game have been changed as well.
Activision has introduced a “First Person Mode,” which makes the player seem like they’re part of a live show, looking through the eyes of the guitarist on stage during a live performance. This is to make the game more of an immersive experience to the player.
“Our goal was literally to give people stage fright.” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc.
Guitar Hero Live is also introducing “GHTV”. It’s a 24-hour mode that lets players play along with a constantly updated collection of music videos of everything from newly released songs to the classics.
This mode will also let you compete against multiple people for the highest score, while completing in-game challenges. This is a change of pace from the “guitar battles” between only two people from the previous games.
Players can choose from themed channels to explore and play new songs and genres, including everything from folk rock to EDM.
Guitar Hero Live is said to be released in the the fall of 2015.