It’s Guitar Hero’s Comeback Tour… on Wii U!

Activision has announced that there’s a new title coming in the Guitar Hero series… and we’re going to see it on the Wii U. Guitar Hero Live will be a series comeback in Activision’s efforts to revive the formerly popular musical game after it lost steam during the transition to next gen consoles.

The game will be coded by FreeStyleGames—of DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2—and will remove the 3D models from the original series to replace them with first-person FMV sequences. Apparently, these will react to your performance and provide “a quantum leap forward in immersion and realism.” Uh, right.

This comeback game will also have something new called GHTV, “the world’s first ‘playable’ music network”:

Guitar Hero Live also introduces GHTV, the world’s first playable music video network. GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos – across a wide variety of genres – from the newest releases to favourite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room.”

And of course, you won’t be using your old controllers. No, no, those dust-collecting hunks of plastic will be replaced by a new guitar controller that offers two rows of three buttons that apparently will “better reflect the way people naturally play.” No word on if lefties need to buy a completely different controller, however.

Here’s what the press release has to say:

For beginners, you can feel like a rock star by mastering play with just the bottom three buttons. Medium-level players don’t have to stretch their fingers down the neck of the guitar controller anymore and can instead skillfully play two-row combinations that mimic real chords. Experienced players have a new challenge in creating complex chord-like shapes and finger combinations that will bring new thrills to veterans. This simple innovation makes it easier for beginners to play and harder for veterans to master.”

Some confirmed artists for the game’s line up include: The Killers, The Rolling Stones, Carrie Underwood, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, and more. During a presentation at the Best Buy Theatre where the game was officially revealed, Activision’s CEO Eric Hirshberg had this to say:

Guitar Hero is a franchise that so many people love. Figuring out how to bring it back with true breakthrough innovation has been years in the making, and a labour of love. Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright. And with GHTV, we have created the world’s first live, playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles, or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever.”

Right, right. Or, you know, you could just learn to play a real guitar.

But if you’re still with us here, go ahead and check out the trailer below!

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