Guitar Hero and Rock Band are back!


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Yes, you heard right! Activision and Harmonix are reviving the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series, respectively, after a 5 year hiatus for each of them. They will be known as Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 and I, for one, could not be more excited! I’m not sure about you, but I spend hours upon hours upon hours playing these games (probably the closest I’ll ever get to being in a real band). Both games are due out by the end of 2015. While there aren’t a ton of detail out yet, here’s what we do know:

Guitar Hero Live

  • Will be available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U
  • Instead of the original 5-button guitar (blue, red, yellow, green, orange), there will be a 6-button, which will be two rows of 3 buttons each
  • As of now, this game will be exclusive to the guitar (no mic, drums, etc.)
  • There will be single player story mode and a and multi-player competition mode
  • During story mode, Instead of showing your band playing from a 3rd person perspective, this game will show your 1st person perspective of the crowd at a concert.
  • There will NOT be backwards compatibility with songs from previous titles in the Guitar Hero series
  • 32 songs have been announced so far, including songs from Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy, and even Ed Sheeran
  • There will be a mobile companion app also, but no details are available yet

Rock Band 4

  • Will only be available for PS4 and Xbox One
  • New Peripheral controllers are being designed, but if you have existing controllers, Harmonix is working to make these usable with the new game
  • The career mode will consist of playing sets at concerts (similar to previous games). What’s different this time is that some songs in a set will be pre-determined and others will be voted on by the members of the band.
  • Drummers will now count a band into a song (as tends to happen at real concerts)
  • When going through songs in a set, if you finish a song with a multiplier active or with overdrive, they will carry over to the next song in a set!
  • There will be backwards compatibility with most songs from previous Rock Band titles (some won’t be available due to licensing issues). Backwards compatibility is only for the same console family (i.e. PS3 to PS4), but not cross-console (i.e. Xbox 360 to PS4).
  • Only a handful of songs are announced so far, including songs by Avenged Sevenfold, Fleetwood Mac, and The Killers.
  • People can request songs to be added to Rock Band 4 here

So there’s what we know so far. I’m sure as all of the big game shows come out during the summer (E3, etc.) we’ll have a ton more details. Who’s ready to get the band back together??


– Erik Steckis

TWITTER: @ESteckis