Guitar Hero is making a comeback this year with its first new offering in five years, Guitar Hero Live. And it’s bringing with it some face-melting six-string heroes, including Ed Sheeran, Skrillex and the Lumineers.
Yes, you will now be able to strum your plastic ax along to “Ho Hey” for points.
Of course, the game is also offering other songs by legends of classic rock, ’90s alternative and heavy metal, so the Rolling Stones, Pantera, Rage Against the Machine and Green Day will be included, as will younger acts like alt-J and Gary Clark Jr.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jamie Jackson, owner of Freestyle Games (the company that puts out Guitar Hero, and who partnered with Activision for Guitar Hero Live), said, “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.”
Meanwhile, Rolling Stone reports that among the new features on the revitalized game are a more realistic controller/instrument and a 24-hour music video network called GHTV, “The world’s first playable music video network.”
Game creator 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.
Jackson noted that there will be rock channels on GHTV, as well as different genres on other channels.
The new version of the game will feature a first-person perspective, allowing gamers to almost interact with the crowd and their bandmates on screen; if you start messing up, both the crowd and your bandmates will react and “turn on you.”