It’s been six long years for Guitar Hero fans and the wait is now over as FreeStyleGames’ and Activision’s Guitar Hero Live hits store shelves in the U.S. today, with Europe following on the 23rd.
The latest game in the Guitar Hero series, Guitar Hero Live brings a radically improved guitar controller, hundreds of songs, and two ways to play: GH Live, and GHTV mode. In GH Live, you play in front of a real crowd that reacts to how you perform, and GHTV mode lets you play along with your favorite music videos.
“Guitar Hero is one of the most beloved gaming franchises of all time, and now, after years of research and development, it’s back, totally reinvented, and better than ever with Guitar Hero Live,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “The experience of being up on stage, in first person, playing in front of a live crowd that responds to your performance in real time, will put your heart in your throat. And GHTV, which lets you play along to your favorite music videos will keep the game fresh with a continuous stream of new content. We’ve poured our hearts and souls into Guitar Hero Live and we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it. It’s going to be awesome.”
The new guitar controller features six buttons: two rows of three buttons that better reflect the way people naturally play and deliver more fun for players of all abilities. This simple innovation makes it easier for beginners to play and harder for veterans to master. Additionally, fans can sing along in the game, complete with lyrics on screen, adding another way to play together in the same living room.
As part of the launch week, Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore played during halftime at the Seahawks game this past Sunday, and the week continued with a launch event featuring live performances by Weezer, Rival Sons and Grizfolk.
In addition to being available on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3, Guitar Hero Live is also available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and will launch on Apple TV later this year. The mobile version of the game is available as a bundle with a guitar controller that works across Apple devices. As part of the mobile launch, Activision has teamed up with T-Mobile where qualified customers purchase the Guitar Hero Live bundle that includes a Bluetooth guitar and a redeemable code to download the mobile game for $0 down + $4.16/23 months and a final payment of $4.31 (FRP: $99.99) with the Un-carrier’s zero-interest financing program for qualified buyers.
The tracklist includes over 240 songs at launch, including the music of The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys, Queen, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy, Pearl Jam, Bruno Mars, Weezer, Iggy Pop, Alt-J, Jet, ZZ Top, Rage Against the Machine, Megadeth, The Strokes, Royal Blood, Ed Sheeran, Gary Clark Jr., and many more – with additional tracks to be continually added. You can also subscribe to the Guitar Hero Live Spotify playlist to keep up to date on all the tracks available in the game.
In addition to the new play modes, GHTV also includes Premium Shows which give players access to live concert footage, as well as new music videos. One of the first Premium Shows fans can experience starting today is the Avenged Sevenfold Premium Show, including playable concert footage recorded at the band’s recent headlining performance at England’s venerable Download Festival. Fans also have a chance to get into the game by submitting clips of themselves performing Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Sing” through the musical.ly app, with winners being featured in a world premiere music video that will be playable in the game.
Guitar Hero Live is available as a one-guitar bundle for $99.99USD, or as a two-guitar bundle for $149.99USD.
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