Guitar Hero Live E3 News

Lot’s of info to come today!

First up we have @Dtoid (Destructoid.com)

The release date of October 20th, 2015 has been confirmed!

Guitar Hero Live will further market to a new casual market by completely removing failing a song

In Guitar Hero Live, players that perform poorly can still finish the song. The folks working on the game felt that failing players resulted them in losing interest, so botching songs will only affect your overall score. This gives players the chance to save their performance should they struggle in some spots. Moreover, if players want to take a break during the song, all they’ll have to do is stop playing and the song will revert to an attract mode. It’s neat, and I feel GHL will be much more welcoming to newcomers.

Very cool. Definitely a nod to Party Play from previous Guitar Hero titles.

Also, the thing some of you have been dreading, the monetization aspect of GHTV has been revealed as well.

In the two central modes, Live and TV, the game goes about building the rocker experience in different ways; one from the side of media, and the other from in the shoes of a guitar player during a concert. The TV mode will definitely be where most of the action happens. Think of it as the online, multiplayer, and career modes all rolled into one. When in TV mode, you can engage in daily and premium challenges that task you with tackling certain songs to acquire in-game currency and play tokens. Much like cable or satelite television, the TV mode is essentially mix of on-demand and scheduled content.

With multiple channels, you’ll be able to view the current schedule of upcoming songs that are available to play. If there’s one you like, you can jump right in and play. In real time, each ‘program’ plays a certain genre of music or focuses on a particular band, and is set for half an hour. If there’s nothing on the channel’s schedule that you like, just switch over to another and check to see what’s on. I was impressed with the presentation, and it felt like was tuned to a parallel universe where MTV didn’t focus on reality TV and kept with the music. It even made some of the programs feel like events, as you can plan ahead and bring friends over at certain time to rock out.

If the channels aren’t doing it for you, then you can switch over to the on-demand menu and choose the available songs to add to you playlist and experience at your leisure. Like the previous titles, the base game will come packed with existing songs, and more will be added later. However, the on-demand takes a slightly different approach. While you can play whatever song is present in the menu, they require play tokens for you to add to your playlist. Play tokens are acquired from just playing normally, and you’ll accumulate them often. However, if you run out of play tokens, you’re unable to play songs on the playlist. If you want to avoid using the tokens — using them won’t technically give you the song — you can purchase the song outright and make a part of your permanent collection.

So basically, you get tokens to add On Demand songs by… Playing Guitar Hero? Is anyone going to be mad about that? Probably…

There’s more though (non-monetization related though)

…Thankfully, there are many features to keep players busy. The online mode is robust. Players can compete online against others in real time. During scheduled programs, players will be able to compete for the high score, with the current leader ranks being shown to the left of the screen.

There will be many top dogs online, so in order to compete you’ll have to make upgrades to your guitar. Using in-game credits acquired from daily challenges and tackling challenging songs, you can invest in a more sophisticated setup. Many of these upgrades range from score multipliers and other boosts to effectiveness. Thankfully, upgrades can only be purchased with in-game currency (which can only be acquired from in-game activity). With the currency, you can also purchase new highways and player cards for further customization.

Source: Destructoid

Studio Version of Breaking The Law?!

Great news, stay tuned for more E3 Updates as they roll in.

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1:11 PM EST

Can you spot all the artists? Don’t worry we got you

2:15 PM

A lot of info in that video stuff about perks and leaderboards, and a full GHTV unlock for 12 hours. Probably should just wait for the write up.

Update: Polygon’s @SamitSarkar explains

Like many free-to-play games, Guitar Hero Live includes two different currencies: one that you earn as you play the game, and another that you can purchase with real money. (The former was called “Coins” and the latter was called “HC” in our demo, although Activision stressed that it hasn’t yet finalized the names of the currencies or the conversion rate from dollars to in-game money.)

You get Coins for doing just about anything in Guitar Hero Live, including signing into the game. The more you play, the more you level up your profile in the game, known as Status. As you reach new Status levels, you unlock content such as player cards (profile banners à la emblems in Destiny) and unique note highways (the best was a rainbow-colored one with pandas). Sometimes you’ll earn those items by playing; other times you can spend Coins on them. Guitar Hero Live also lets you modify your in-game guitar to improve your game. You can buy those mods with Coins to do things like increase your score per note or raise your streak multiplier more quickly.

You may have noticed that we haven’t been referring to additional post-launch tracks as “DLC songs.” That’s because they’re technically not downloads at all — unlike in the Rock Band franchise or the previous Guitar Hero titles, all the extra tracks in Guitar Hero Live exist in the cloud.

There are three ways to play those new songs. First, you can wait for them to come up in a GHTV show; think back to the ’90s, when you hoped MTV would air the music video for your favorite song. You can also spend Coins for a single play, like putting a dollar into a jukebox to spin up a track.

And if you really love a song, you can pay — with real money, in the form of HC — to have it permanently added to your catalog for on-demand access. DLC songs went for $2 a pop in the previous games, and Jackson said pricing here will be “within that same ballpark.”

The advantage of this system is that extra songs won’t take up space on your hard drive. Instead, the data is streamed to your system, and during our demo, there was no perceptible delay in this process versus loading up a track that ships with the game. Of course, the drawback is that you must be online to access these songs. So even if you’ve spent, say, $50 on 25 post-launch tracks, you won’t be able to play them if your console isn’t connected to the internet. Only the songs that ship with the game can be played offline.

Activision demonstrated an example of the special items that will be available: live concert footage for a particular track. Another instance of an exclusive might be an artist debuting a new song exclusively in Guitar Hero Live.

This content will be available in GHTV’s “Premium Shows.” These are limited-time challenges, and you’ll need to complete different prerequisites for each one in order to enter. Potential tasks shown during our demo included achieving a three-star rating on a song. If you don’t feel like fulfilling those requirements, you can buy your way into a Premium Show with HC.

Completing a Premium Show may also award special content like player cards. But the term “challenge” does apply: You won’t be able to change the difficulty in a Premium Show once you begin, so if you fail to meet the goal, you’ll have to re-enter by paying with HC again or satisfying a new set of requirements. Either way, you’ll get bonuses like earning Status at an increased rate while playing Premium Shows.

For parties and other situations, Activision will offer limited-time all-access passes. So if you want to bring a bunch of friends over and have on-demand access to every song available for Guitar Hero Live, you can pay for it.

6:05 PM EST

Freestyle Games creative director Jamie Jackson is showing me Guitar Hero Live‘s ambitious Guitar Hero TV mode, in which scores of frequently added music is curated for you based on your song preferences throughout the rest of the game. He’s demoing a Premium Show – in this case, a three-song live concert set from an actual Pantera concert – riffing along to show off the note highway in the series reboot,

Source: IGN

Stay tuned for more!

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Gamespot Reveals Veteran Footage of Guitar Hero Live

Finally! We get to see what Veteran mode (Expert) in Guitar Hero Live looks like!

Shown here in the 1:36 video clip is footage of Gold on The Ceiling, When You Were Young, and My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up).

Lot’s to process here such as open notes, hammer-on indications, three note chords, and more!

Does it look like a new challenge? Can’t wait till we see footage of some of the more metal songs of the setlist!

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Guitar Hero reveals tracks from Wolfmother, Weezer, and Bullet For My Valentine

It’s #TrackListTuesday again, and @GuitarHero and @Gamespot have confirmed ten more songs that you’ll be rocking out to this October in Guitar Hero Live!

Nothing too impressive here, although it is worth mentioning that Guitar Hero hasn’t had a song from @bfmvofficial since Guitar Hero World Tour’s Scream Aim Fire

Is the Guitar Hero Live setlist starting to look more appealing? Let us know!

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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:

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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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