‘Guitar Hero Live’ Announced

Activision aims to have a fresh start for their once colossal music franchise

After the music game market flooded half a decade ago, Guitar Hero’s popularity plummeted almost as quickly as it rose. Now that the market is a virtual graveyard, Activision (and a tease from competitor Harmonix) have signaled the end of the genre’s hiatus. Check out Guitar Hero Live’s first trailer:

With the game now taking a live-action first person approach, ‘DJ Hero’ developer FreeStyleGames hopes to pique gamers’ interest and reinvigorate the franchise. On top of redone visuals, the developer has also released the first images of the new guitar controller. Gone are the days of jabbing green, yellow, blue and red buttons on a cartoonish guitar – instead, gamers will shift three fingers up and down on the same set of frets to play along on a much more adult looking controller.

Guitar Hero Live ditches the infamous pinky stretch controller design for the much more practical three finger approach
Guitar Hero Live ditches the infamous pinky stretch controller design for the much more practical three finger approach

Along with the annoucement of the new game, Activision revealed a slew of artists already signed for the game including the Black Keys, the Lumineers and even the Rolling Stones. With a set of classic and modern bands, the game is set to feel fresh, but it is worth noting that all the money gamers have shelled out for DLC songs in the past sadly won’t be ported over to the new game.

If five years is enough time for you to regain an interest in music games, Guitar Hero Live launches this fall on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 and WiiU with a $100 price tag.

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