‘Guitar Hero’ to be resurrected with ‘Guitar Hero Live’


Ten years after the introduction of the original Guitar Hero, Activision has announced that it will resurrect the series this year with Guitar Hero Live.

Developed by FreeStyleGames, the designers behind DJ Hero, the game will combine the familiar functionality of a guitar controller with new features such as first-person point of view and a 24-hour music video network called GHTV, according to Rolling Stone.

Activision has dubbed GHTV “the world’s first playable music video network,” allowing participants to play along to official videos across various genres and challenge other online players of the same skill level.

Activision officials told Rolling Stone that more song information and participating groups will be revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in mid-June. Unlike the previous iteration, which saw song-hungry fans buying separate games such as Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, new tracks will be updated automatically.

The game will be available on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, Nintendo Wii and, for the first time, mobile devices.

Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way both helped to launch the new game in New York this week, says NME.

Wentz took to the stage to play along to his band’s track My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark, which will feature on the Guitar Hero Live tracklisting. Way then played along to MCR’s Na Na Na, competing against Activision chief executive Eric Hirshberg.

The playlist for Guitar Hero Live will include tracks by The War On Drugs, The Killers, The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, Ed Sheeran, The Lumineers, Green Day, The Rolling Stones, Pierce the Veil, My Chemical Romance and Gary Clark, Jr.

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