Following our recent story that Rock Band could be making a return, it appears that Guitar Hero might not be too far behind.
According to a report from Kotaku, two separate sources have claimed that Activision has a new Guitar Hero in development, and it could be released as early as this year.
The latest version would take on a “more realistic” approach when compared to its cartoon-like predecessors. It is expected to be announced at E3 this year — along with new guitar peripherals — for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Whilst no developer was revealed, Kotaku’s sources indicated that it would be one of Activision’s studios on the west coast. Both Neversoft and RedOctane — the two studios who worked on Guitar Hero after Activision’s acquisition — have since been closed.
When Kotaku reached out to Activision for comment, a spokesperson gave the following response.
We don’t comment on rumour or speculation, but have previously said, that as one of the most beloved entertainment franchises, we would only bring Guitar Hero back if we developed the right innovations to usher the franchise into the new generation of gaming.
It looks like the rhythm genre is ready to make a return after a five year hiatus. I was a big fan of both Guitar Hero and Rock Band back in the day, but I’m not sure how I feel about more instrument peripherals clogging up my living room! Will wait to see how the story develops.
Matt Southwell is an Associate Writer for MONG. In addition to video games, he loves Hockey, Soccer and Pizza. Follow him on Twitter, IGN and Facebook.