Pearl Jam, Tenacious D, Chevelle, and Soundgarden added to Guitar Hero Live

Welcome to another #TrackListTuesday!

This week brings us ten mostly modern songs.

Are these the type of songs to make you start practicing your six button air guitar? Let us know!

 

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Guitar Hero Live reveals 10 new songs through Snapchat and Instagram

Today Guitar Hero Live revealed Ten songs through their @Snapchat and @instagram accounts.

Snapchat

 

Instagram

Can you guess the songs? Well, you don’t have to!

Do these Ten songs excite you? Have they influenced your future pre-order/purchase? Let us know!

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Guitar Hero Live Announced!

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The day is finally here, we have a new Guitar Hero title on the way!

Guitar Hero: Live will be released October 20th, 2015 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and select mobile devices this fall with an MSRP of $99.99.

A lot has changed since Guitar Hero first launched nearly 10 years ago. We’re playing on a new generation of game consoles, music is streaming and more readily accessible than ever, and smartphones and tablets are practically household items. With Guitar Hero Live, Activision and developers FreeStyleGames (DJ Hero, DJ Hero 2) are reimagining the series for the modern era, introducing live-action audiences and band mates that react dynamically to how you play, the world’s first 24-hour playable music video network, a completely redesigned guitar controller, and support for both consoles and mobile devices alike.

In a sense, Guitar Hero Live is two games in one—GH Live and GHTV. GH Live is all about living out your dreams of rock stardom with vivid realism. You take a first-person view as you join real bands and perform for real crowds, whether it be for small clubs or headlining massive music festivals. From getting hyped with your band backstage to closing out your set to a sold out venue, you’ll see and hear it all. But it’s more than just about the sights and sounds, it’s about feeding off the crowd and band as they react in real-time as you play. You’ll see everything from fans cheering along to your perfect note streak to worried glances from your band as you start to lag behind.

While GH Live focuses on the thrill of the performance, GHTV is all about discovering new music. With a network of playable music video stations, you can fire up GHTV and play along with official music videos from a broad range of genres. Across both modes, Guitar Hero Live will feature hundreds of songs from a diverse array of artists, including 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, with many more bands to be announced in the coming months. It’s also designed to be a social experience. In GHTV, you can compete for the highest score with your friends in the same room or online, while also completing challenges.

At the center of it all, however, is the new Guitar Hero Live controller. The guitar controller has been redesigned to both look and feel more authentic. With two rows of three buttons, it’s easier than ever to pick up and play, but offers more complexity as your skills evolve. The new button configuration lets you form chord shapes and note combinations as you increase the difficulty. Best of all, we’re bringing Guitar Hero Live—guitar controller and all—to mobile. For the first time ever, fans will be able to get the full console experience on their tablet or smartphone, including both the full GH Live and GHTV modes.

 

Today, fans are invited to come check out the game at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City from 6pm ET to 9pm ET.  We’ll also be bringing it to several other retail locations in later this week, so check out GuitarHero.com for more details.

We can’t wait to share more about Guitar Hero Live. To keep up to-date, stay tuned to the Activision Games Blog and follow @Activision on Twitter. You can also find Guitar Hero on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and other social platforms.

Source – Activision Blog

Check out this playthrough which shows 4 new difficulties!

Guitar Hero TV is a beast on it’s own so best to check out this article from @theverge

Guitar Hero TV is what the name implies: a series of “music video television channels” available to all players on its network. The difference between this and MTV, of course, is that the music videos are playable. So say you’re on a channel, and a curated show of pop music videos is playing with a traditional highway of notes, a la every other Guitar Hero game. You would immediately be competing on that song with everyone else watching and playing the same channel. Each channel will have its own set of different programs dedicated to different music, with the hope being players will discover songs and artists outside their comfort zone.

It is unknown if there will be support for Vocals or Drums (or Bass for that matter).

Guitar only!

Stay tuned for artist reveals and more!

 

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New Guitar Hero to be announced this week?

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You may have been watching on twitter when Gamereactor.eu posted an article pretty much stating that we will find out about Activision’s next installment in the Guitar Hero franchise on April 1st, 2015.

Great date to reveal it right?

 

Activision seems to be ready to present a new Guitar Hero prior to E3 (plenty of rumours of a reboot have been circulating). At least this is what is being suggested by an invitation that was sent out by Activision to media representatives in Germany. The mail states that an event is scheduled for April 1st 2015 taking place in “Hamburg Rock City”. Among other things, the publisher would be happy if the journos would “rock the shack with us!” – a pretty clear indication that this is to do with a new music game and given the rumours of a new Guitar Hero…

the article was promptly deleted (Activision Ninjas obviously)

Of course we’ve known for awhile there would be a new Guitar Hero but it seems like we are getting closer than ever. Especially with our friends over at @RockBandAide freaking out about the recent announcement for Rock Band 4, it seems like it’s time to hoist those plastic guitars once more!

So keep your eyes peeled for the next few days, we may finally get that announcement we’ve been waiting for.

Update:

Source

Update 4/1/2015: 

There’s no official word from Activision yet that this is a Guitar Hero-related event, but the SoundDial festival and interactive music videos for that event have appeared on various casting websites. One dancer lists a “SoundDial interactive music video shoot” on her résumé, saying the job was related to “Guitar Hero for PS4.” Another actor lists an “interactive music video game” gig for a company called SoundDial. A handful of actors on Casting Call Pro list work for a Guitar Hero project filmed in 2014 for London-based Pulse Films.

Great work @Polygon

 

Update 4/13/2015:

It’s about to get real™

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Screenshot from Scrapped Guitar Hero 7 Surfaces on Twitter

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Been awhile Guitar Hero fans but there’s a reason we are writing an article today.

24 minutes ago Tamaki (@Doctor_Cupcakes) from Unseen64.net began sharing information from Vicarious Visions scrapped Guitar Hero 7 project.

Quite poor? Personally I’d love those (non-DLC) songs shown in that screenshot!

Stay tuned for more info, and remember there is a new Guitar Hero coming, we just aren’t sure when…

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All Hero DLC will be removed after March 31, 2014

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If you haven’t bought the Phish pack for Guitar Hero yet, you’d better do it soon:

Sad to say that the downloadable songs for the Guitar Hero, DJ Hero and Band Hero games, and the Guitar Hero mobile game will no longer be available after March 31, 2014. The Guitar Hero servers will stay online and any previously purchased downloadable content is unaffected by this change.

We want to thank all of you for supporting Guitar Hero over the last nine years. To celebrate this great community, selected songs and tracks will be available for as much as a 50% discount on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii from now until the end of the month. 
For more information, please visit the store on your console.

Also, over at the iTunes store, the mobile game will also be available at a special discount until the end of the month.

(Facebook)

 

Band Hero

• All Avatar Items – 50% discount – download here
• “Bruce Springsteen Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Full Album “Dig Out Your Soul” by Oasis” – 50% discount – download here
• “Metallica “Death Magnetic” Full Album” – 50% discount – download here
• “Rock 1 Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “The Rolling Stones Live Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• Most Other Track Packs – 44% discount – download here

The following track packs are currently not on sale:

• “OK Go Track Pack”
• “R.E.M. Track Pack”
• “Rise Against Track Pack”• Most Individual Tracks – 40% discount – download here

The following tracks are currently not on sale:

• “Rock and Roll Band by Boston”
• “Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen”
• “Audience of One by Rise Against”DJ Hero
• All Avatar Items – 50% discount – download here
• Most Track Packs – 50% discount – download here

The following track packs are currently not on sale:

• “DJ Hero Domination Pack”
• “Extended Mix Pack 01″DJ Hero 2
• All Avatar Items – 50% discount – download here
• Most Track Packs – 50% discount – download here

The following track packs are currently not on sale:
• “DJ Hero Domination Pack”
• “Extended Mix Pack 01″Guitar Hero II
• All Individual Tracks – 40% discount – download here
• All Track Packs – 44% discount – download here
• Both Gamer Picture Packs – 30% discount – download here

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
• “Metallica “Death Magnetic” Full Album” – 50% discount – download here
• All Individual Tracks – 40% discount – download here
• All Other Track Packs – 44% discount – download here

Guitar Hero: World Tour
• “Bruce Springsteen Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Full Album “Dig Out Your Soul” by Oasis” – 50% discount – download here
• “Metallica “Death Magnetic” Full Album” – 50% discount – download here
• Most Other Track Packs – 44% discount – download here
The following track packs are currently not on sale:
• “R.E.M. Track Pack”
• “Rise Against Track Pack”• Most Individual Tracks – 40% discount – download here
The following tracks are currently not on sale:
• “Rock and Roll Band by Boston”
• “Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen”
• “Audience of One by Rise Against”Guitar Hero: Metallica
• “Metallica “Death Magnetic” Full Album” – 50% discount – download here
• “Guitar Hero Metallica Picture Pack” – 50% discount – download here

Guitar Hero 5
• All Avatar Items – 50% discount – download here
• “Bruce Springsteen Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Full Album “Dig Out Your Soul” by Oasis” – 50% discount – download here
• “Metallica “Death Magnetic” Full Album” – 50% discount – download here
• “Rock 1 Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “The Rolling Stones Live Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• Most Other Track Packs – 44% discount – download here
The following track packs are currently not on sale:
• “OK Go Track Pack”
• “R.E.M. Track Pack”
• “Rise Against Track Pack”• Most Individual Tracks – 40% discount – download here

The following tracks are currently not on sale:

• “Rock and Roll Band by Boston”
• “Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen”
• “Audience of One by Rise Against”Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
• All Avatar Items – 50% discount – download here
• “90s Rock Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Bruce Springsteen Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Emo Edge Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “February Mega Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Full Album “Dig Out Your Soul” by Oasis” – 50% discount – download here
• “Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock 1 Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Linkin Park Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Metallica “Death Magnetic” Full Album” – 50% discount – download here
• “Modern Rock Mega Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “My Chemical Romance Track Pack” – 46% discount – download here
• “Rock 1 Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “The Rolling Stones Live Track Pack” – 50% discount – download here
• “Soundgarden “Telephantasm” Album” – 50% discount – download here
• Most Other Track Packs – 44% discount – download here

The following track packs are currently not on sale:

• “January Mega Pack”
• “OK Go Track Pack”
• “R.E.M. Track Pack”

• “Rise Against Track Pack”• Most Individual Tracks – 40% discount – download here

The following tracks are currently not on sale:

• “Rock and Roll Band by Boston”
• “Living Dead Beat/COB”
• “The Infection by Disturbed”
• “World On Fire/Firewind”
• “Resistance by Muse”
• “Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen”
• “Audience of One by Rise Against”

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What could this mean? It’s very much in line (to me) with rumours regarding the next GH being subscription based. It could also just mean that the DLC isn’t selling anymore and it’s not worth Activision’s CoD money to relicense it for further use.

Are you going to grab any DLC this month? Let us know.

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FreeStyleGames is working on the next Guitar Hero

 

UPDATE: February 24th, 2015:

Kotaku UK further confirming there is a new GH in development, typical E3 2015 prediction.

 

UPDATE: October 31st, 2014:

ShackNews posted an update corroborating our previous information from the anonymous (but trusted) source.

UPDATE June 14th, 2014:

E3 2014 has concluded and there has been no mention of Guitar Hero. The game is still in development though, so we can hold out hope for it to be revealed after the summer.

UPDATE May 15th, 2014:

Nothing, too concrete but an user on NeoGAF has made this post regarding the next Guitar Hero:

 

 

“Talking about guitar hero.. I got some sort of “inside news” from a friend of mine who works for an important London video production studio and says they are involved in the franchise reboot with Activision.. they are going to do something which sounds really cool and are trying to mix live footage from concerts and advanced motion capture to put the player in the middle of a live, first person musical experience. Many famous bands are involved in the project, though it’s not sure if they are gonna make something of it or are just experimenting.”

UPDATE November 20th, 2013:

I have received evidence from a trustworthy source that FSG is indeed making the next Guitar Hero. Out of respect to the individual I have not included their employer or their identity.

“I noticed you posted that FSG are hiring for a new music game a while back. It just so happens that I work at a different games company in the general vicinity. I absolutely know for a fact that they’re working on a new GH. I can’t tell you how I know unfortunately, but it should be out around xmas time next year and revealed at e3.

 

A very interesting job posting has appeared on FreeStyleGames website recently:

 

FSG-DESIGN-GAMEPLAY MIDI DESIGNER

To take full responsibility for the creation of MIDI note maps for music-based video games, and the monitoring of these through development, ensuring the released note maps are of the highest standard in line with required timescales. Guarantee that the MIDI data is fully utilised in driving other aspects of the game. Doing this with the assistance of the Design Manager / Senior Midi Designer.

 

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Be responsible for the creation of MIDI note data based on pre-recorded audio, delivering on time and to a high standard
  • Ensure that gameplay reduction of the MIDI note data is carried out in accordance with gameplay difficulty rulesets whilst guaranteeing the feel of the original song is kept
  • Fully utilise MIDI data to drive other aspects of the game and be at the forefront of suggesting new ways of working with the data
  • Maintain working organisation of game assets
  • Proactively suggest how gameplay possibilities can be incorporated into the mark-up process
  • Work closely with the Design and Music teams to ensure their understanding of the mark-up process so they can fully exploit the tools we have in place to improve the final game quality
  • Monitor the MIDI mark-up at all stages of development, ensuring the initial quality is still in place upon the game’s release
  • Manage and participate in the delivery of high quality, bug free, game content
  • Expose problems with the mark-up in current game builds and proactively liaise with the relevant developers to address issues immediately
  • Work closely with Music Producers to ensure their work enhances any mark up that has been created

 

ROLE REQUIREMENTS (KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS  EXPERIENCE)

 

KEY ATTRIBUTES

 

  • Candidates will possess a strong musical background
  • Experience with MIDI sequencing (preferably Sonar), including tempo mapping
  • Solid understanding of the difficulty gradations for music games
  • Proficiency with a musical instrument (please provide details of instrument(s)
  • Have experience performing in a live environment as part of a band/ensemble
  • Ability to transcribe vocal lines accurately to a high level of detail
  • Have a passion for games
  • Detail conscious
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; ability to clearly document objectives, procedures etc.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; proven ability to build effective relationships
  • Excellent time management skills

MAJOR PLUSES

  • Hold a degree in music
  • Knowledge and appreciation of rock music
  • Stays current on market trends and competitive titles
  • Experienced in decision making
  • A strong knowledge of Microsoft Office software (specifically Excel)

 

 

In case you had forgotten (it’s been awhile) FreeStyleGames brought us the critically rated yet undersold DJ Hero games back in 2009-2010.

UPDATE:

The studio is hiring for a designer to create “MIDI note maps for music-based video games,” indicating that their next project will not stray much from their music game expertise. The developer description adds that the studio is “working on a new ground-breaking Multi-Platform and Mobile project.” Intriguingly, the opening also asks for candidates with “Proficiency with a musical instrument,” “experience performing in a live environment as part of a band/ensemble” and “Knowledge and appreciation of rock music.” (Worth noting that Activision did a major rock music franchise at one point, though there is zero indication that this is related.)

Kotaku

 

Is this Guitar Hero 7? Or is it something completely different? Something tells me we might find out before the summer is over.

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The Guitar Hero We Almost Had…

It’s been just over two years since the last Guitar Hero game was released, and almost a year since TheHeroFeed has had anything relating to the series to discuss.

Until today.

An anonymous source at Vicarious Visions decided to talk to @Kotaku about exactly, what Guitar Hero 7 was shaping up to be, before the plug was pulled on February 9th, 2011.

What follows is an overly negative account of the development process for the game with highlighted points being: a new guitar containing strings and 6 buttons, a setlist filled with previous setlist repeats, and reactive venues for each and every song, oh and did I mention there were no Vocals or Drums anymore?

Anyway check out the write up and let us know if you would have still wanted to play it. My opinion? sounds like a disaster.

However, they did take my advice on ditching the old art style.

Development of the game had actually started well. My source said Vicarious Visions had begun making the game after Neversoft, which had been involved in some of the earlier games, passed. VV were Guitar Hero vets, too, and created a demo the source said was extraordinary. The demo’s “[venue] had camera cuts that were unique to the song being played. The venue was amazing and animated, and each time something in the song changed the venue would also. I didn’t even like the song, but the demo gave me goosebumps.” The malleability of the venue would be a core idea for Guitar Hero 7. Gamers could play songs in different venues, as they could before, and playing a song successfully in a venue would cause the venue to begin changing in ways specific to that song. “They all had very big ambitions,” my source said of Vicarious’ team.

Problems plagued the creation of the game almost immediately. The team had decided to create the game from scratch, scrapping legacy characters and making a whole new art style. That left no time to allow for character customization and some questionable aesthetic choices resulted in “characters [whose] necks were over a foot long… They all looked like they were punched in the face.”

Read More… (Kotaku.com)


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