Guitar Hero Live rocking out on Wii U later this year


You may have thought that your dreams of becoming a rock star were over, but think again. Activision have today revealed Guitar Hero Live, looking to immerse you in the experience with a new first-person mode that will see you performing in front of a live-action crowd that will react to how well or badly you play.

Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio that gave us DJ Hero, DJ Hero 2 and SING Party, Guitar Hero Live will also introduce playable music video network GHTV. The 24-hour mode will let you play along to official music videos, ranging from new releases to classic hits which promise to be continually updated.

The game will take the approach of a “modern music festival,” drawing on rock, folk, EDM, hip-hop, country and pop acts sharing the same stage. Forgoing backwards compatibility, Activision promise hundreds of playable songs from artists such as 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.

There’s a new peripheral in play as well, with two rows of three buttons that cater toward all skill levels. Beginners will only have to use the bottom three buttons, whereas Medium-level players can use two-row combinations to mimic real chords. On the other hand, experienced players will now be tasked with creating complex chord-like shaps and finger combinations.

Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way will join Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg and Jamie Jackson, creative Director and co-head of FreeStyleGames, at the Best Buy Theatre to showcase their songs, whereas fans can test their Guitar Hero Live skills at the following events:

– 14th April 2015: Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm – 9pm
– 18th April 2015: Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm – 5pm
– 18th April 2015: Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm – 5pm

Guitar Hero Live will release for Wii U in Europe and North America later this year.

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