A new Rock Band game was announced by Harmonix a few months ago, and many guessed that a new Guitar Hero couldn’t be far off, either. They were right. Guitar Hero Live was officially revealed today via this energetic trailer:
You’ll notice that the shiny, cartoony graphics are gone in favor of live action crowds and band members, all of whom suspiciously look like models who found their dad’s old clothes. Guitar Hero is now Guitar Hero Live, and The Verge has some of the first details.
Even the iconic guitar controller has been overhauled by developer FreeStyleGames, best known for their DJ Hero spin-offs. Instead of the colored fret buttons, the newly redesigned peripheral has two rows of three fret buttons each, more like a real guitar. Notes on the screen are now black or white, corresponding to the top and bottom “strings” respectively. Take a look:
Guitar Hero Live is essentially a first-person guitar simulator. Live action crowds react dynamically to the player. Flub a bunch of notes, and the crowd starts booing, and your bandmates question your talent.
Besides the actual campaign of Guitar Hero Live, FreeStyleGames is also working on Guitar Hero TV. This mode has been likened to classic MTV, where players can choose different music channels and play along to hundreds of music videos. The note highway is superimposed over the official artist music videos, too.
A bundle with the guitar controller and the platform-specific game will be available for the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U, retailing for $99. With a release date this fall, soon it won’t be such a long time since you’ve rock and rolled.[Source: The Verge]