After five long years of being missing from our lives, Guitar Hero is set to return with Guitar Hero Live. The new game, which features a very impressive set list of live performances from some of the biggest names in rock, will be available on PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, Nintendo Wii U and, for the first time, mobile devices. Th initial set list will include 24 songs, and will eventually expand to hundreds of songs.
Among the new features on the revitalized Guitar Hero are a more realistic controller/instrument – no more deadly orange pinky button – and a 24-hour music video network called GHTV, “the world’s first playable music video network.” Game creators Activision says the channel will allow participants to play along to official videos across various genres and challenge other online players of the same skill level.
“This is something we gave a load of thought to. Guitar Hero – by its name alone – has always been associated with classic rock tracks. And we know fans really love that type of music. So we wanted to make sure those fans weren’t disappointed,” this according to FreeStyle creative director and studio head Jamie Jackson. “But it’s been 10 years since the first Guitar Hero game came out. When you think of it like that, and think about how much the musical landscape has changed since then – that’s where we’ve been able to explore some new types of musical style as well. Guitar music is broader than it’s ever been – so we’re reflecting that in the range of music on offer.”
“The great thing about GHTV mode, which is the world’s first playable music video network, is it gives us even more scope to broaden the songs on offer,” Jackson said. “There are going to be Rock channels, so if that’s your bag you can spend hours competing with people to your favorite tracks. But if you fancy mixing it up, or want to play something else than you can just flick channels and find something else to play.
It isn’t a stretch to think that the new Guitar Hero Live will be a hit. How big of a hit will it be? That remains to be seen, but as stated above it is going to be offered on all the popular gaming devices, as well as on mobile devices. This should put it over the top and make the new venture worth it for Activision, but we will see.
Guitar Hero Live is set for release this fall, but you can check out the initial playlist below as well as a behind the scenes video with the developers of the new game.
Guitar Hero Live Initial Set List
- The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling”
- Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”
- Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
- Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
- Gary Clark, Jr. – “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
- Green Day – “Nuclear Family”
- The Killers – “When You Were Young”
- The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
- My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”
- Pierce the Veil – “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
- The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”
- Skrillex – “Bangarang”
- The War on Drugs – “Under the Pressure”
- Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
- Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
- Judas Priest – “Breaking the Law”
- Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
- Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”
- System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
- Alter Bridge – “Cry of Achilles”
- Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
- Broken Bells – “Leave It Alone”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
- The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”
A look behind the scenes of the upcoming Guitar Hero Live video game set to release this Fall.