Activision has officially revealed Guitar Hero Live, the first game in its music rhythm series in five years. The game will be released later this fall for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, among other platforms, and will give players a first-person viewpoint on playing in a music band.
"A quantum leap forward in immersion and realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage and performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who dynamically react in real-time to how well or poorly you play. As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people."
Guitar Hero Live, which is being developed by the DJ Hero team at FreeStyleGames, will also have another feature called GHTV:
"GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos - across a wide variety of genres - from the newest releases to favorite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room."
There's also a new guitar controller that's being made for the game which will have two rows of three buttons, instead of just one row of four buttons as found on previous models. Activision says it will make it easier for beginners to learn while also offering experienced Guitar Hero fans ways to create more complex finger combinations.
Guitar Hero Live will have a variety of licensed songs from rock, folk, EDM, hip-hop, country and pop artists like the Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids.
If you happen to be in New York City today, you can go to the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square from 6-9 pm to play an early version of the game. It will also be available to play April 18 at the Best Buy Store in New York City at Union Square from 1-5 pm and at the Best Buy Store at Torrance, California, also from 1-5 pm.