The next Guitar Hero game, rumoured to be released at some point in 2015 for PS4 and Xbox One, is apparently in development and will feature live crowd scenes.
Our source, who lives close to the venue where recording is currently taking place, told PSU:
“For weeks there’s been ‘extras’ going in. One of the extras finally told me what was going on. Basically for weeks they’ve been recording live crowds for all songs on the next Guitar Hero. Today all the extras are being dressed up all emo-style for one of the songs.”
He told us that the live crowd scenes are currently being recorded at a famous rehearsal venue based in Purfleet on the outskirts of London.
This picture is a generic crowd-scene and not a photo from the recording for Guitar Hero.
In previous Guitar Hero titles, songs are played against a computer-generated backdrop with animated characters taking to the stage and an audience of cloned animations cheering and jumping around. We assume that the actually characters rocking out on stage will still be computer-animated, though it’s exciting to hear that real crowds have been drafted in to add a new level of realism to a game that we’d expect to appear on PS4 and Xbox One next year.
The last main entry in the series was Guitar Hero 5 which was released in 2009 and included 85 songs from 83 different artists, with the Warriors of Rock spin-off arriving a couple of years later. The series was apparently canned by Activision following a decline in music game sales. According to the most recent figures, Guitar Hero has sold over 25 million units worldwide since the first game was released in 2005, so it’s no surprise that we’re probably about to see a major revival.
Note: As the game has yet to be officially announced, treat this article as a rumour.