Just when you thought the Guitar Hero series couldn’t possibly be milked anymore than it already has been, Activision has today confirmed yet another addition to the ubiquitous music simulation franchise, along with two fresh entries to boot – Band Hero and DJ Hero.
Due for release this autumn, Guitar Hero V will offer up a slew of modern and classic rock artists to strum along to, offering gamers “unprecedented” control over the way you play the game. This time around, you’ll be able to drop in and out of any tune and tweak band members, instruments and difficulty levels on the fly.
Elsewhere, Band Hero aims to target the ever expanding family demographic by offering up the usual Rock Band-esque set of instruments to play including guitar, drums and bass. Expect a variety of Top 40 tracks to jam along to and gameplay that will supposedly accommodate both novice and expert users alike.
Last on the cards is DJ Hero, which hopes to attract new punters by building on Guitar Hero’s social gaming sensibilities with an array of new genres such as hip-hop, R&B, Motown, electronica and dance. As you might have already guessed, DJ Hero will incorporate an all-new specialised peripheral – the turntable controller.
Guitar Hero franchise boss Dan Rosensweig commented: “Guitar Hero has made music social again and has become one of the most popular ways to experience music.”
“Today’s fans enjoy a variety of music and are looking for more ways to engage with their favourite songs, artists and fellow fans. These games will let them listen, participate and socialize with music in ways they have never been able to before.”
All three titles are pencilled in for release this autumn, so expect to hear more info at E3 next month, if not before. Stay tuned.