Guitar Hero Live Announced
Activision and FreeStyle Games have announced that they’re returning to the rhythm genre with Guitar Hero Live, the next iteration in the Guitar Hero franchise.
Guitar Hero Live features live action footage said to fully recreate a live band experience, discarding the previously used 3D animated characters from other Guitar Hero games. The live action footage is split across two modes; GH Live and GH TV. GH Live aims to recreate a traditional rock show experience by having a first person footage of a nervous guitar player walking onstage with a band to a crowd. Here, the visuals reflect directly with how you play; if you play poorly, the crowd will boo you and your band members will look at you disapprovingly. Likewise, play well, and the crowd and your band will approve. GH TV operates as a constant broadcasting of music videos, where players can pick a channel and start playing. Hundreds of videos will be available at launch to play along to, with the promise of new songs added to GHTV over time. GH Live can be played offline, but GHTV requires an Internet connection.
The controller featured in Guitar Hero Live will not have the five coloured buttons that has been seen in previous iterations for years, but instead features two by three rows of black and white buttons, closer to a real guitar. Only three of the six buttons will be used on the game’s easiest difficulty, but on the harder difficulties all six buttons will be used, simulating chords. Guitar playing will be the focus of Guitar Hero Live, with no gameplay focus on drums or vocalists, last seen in previous Guitar Hero games.
Artists included in the in-game setlist are ,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. More artists are set to be announced at a later date.
Guitar Hero Live will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and select mobile devices later this year.