The latest entry in the series will be titled Guitar Hero Live and will be released in fall 2015 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U. The game will cost $99.99 and will come with a copy of the game as well as a new guitar controller that will have a different fret layout than previous titles. Instead of having five multi-colored buttons along the fretboard, there will be two rows of three fret buttons. This means that you won’t need to move your hand anymore but will need to watch which button your fingers are pressing.
Publisher Activision has already confirmed some of the artists and bands that will be featured in Guitar Hero Live, including The Black Keys, Ed Sheeran, Fall Out Boy, Skrillex, My Chemical Romance, Green Day, Blitz Kids, The Killers, The Lumineers and The Rolling Stones. A new feature called Guitar Hero TV will be included and will be 24/7 online channels that allow you to play songs besides their music videos and with others online.
One of the biggest changes revealed in the trailer released today is the game will be played from the first person perspective of the guitarist and will feature live action video of the crowd and your fellow band members. The footage will change depending on how well you’re doing, meaning the crowd will boo and the band will glare at you when you aren’t doing well and will cheer and rock out beside you when you are.
A trailer, along with several screenshots, were released which you can see below:
I’m a big fan of the rhythm genre and I’m happy to see both Rock Band and Guitar Hero come back. I’m even more happy to see the two genres go in two different directions. While Rock Band is recreating the band multiplayer experience from before, Guitar Hero is focusing on the guitarist and trying to give a more personal experience. I can appreciate and enjoy both gameplay styles!