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Guitar Hero And Rock Band Rumored To Arrive This Year

Posted February 25, 2015 by Bunneh3000 in News

According to Kotaku, E3 could become a ‘music simulator’ comeback of epic proportions as the ‘founder’ of them all, Guitar Hero, may be making a comeback.

Officially, Guitar Hero has not been announced by Activision as a release title this year. Honestly, it would be interesting to see who the developer would even be considering Neversoft and Red Octane have both been dissolved as gaming studios completely. Still, when one studio is destroyed, many others emerge often times with a more varied mix of talent than the previous developers.

In addition to Guitar Hero news, Harmonix has also been teasing the re-emergence of Rock Band this year by releasing songs by Avenged Sevenfold, Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, and others in the past month or so in their Rock Band store. Apparently their music game genre ambitions with Kinect were caboshed with Microsoft’s decision to abandon the mandatory Kinect bundles on the gaming masses for a cheaper and ‘more private’ Kinect-less bundle. While Harmonix’s latest Fantasia: Music Evolved has seen good reviews from those who’ve played the game, the growing Xbox One market is doing so for the most part without the Kinect accessory that Fantasia requires.

So, what does it all mean? Well, this long time fan of the genre is thrilled by the premise of having another evolved edition of both franchises. It was always said that Guitar Hero was the more guitar focused of the two games and had a much heavier difficulty on that side of the fence while Rock Band managed to pull in more casual Rock fans to the table with its more varied and larger music library. In a smart move, Guitar Hero even began releasing artist specific versions as it transitioned from a guitar only game to a ‘band friendly’ template that Rock Band arrived as. Guitar Hero would traditionally have axe legends digitized in the game as ‘bosses’ and playable characters as well yet it’s band peripherals outside of the guitar were typically not up to par with Rock Band’s.

This news is definitely welcome since having competition is necessary for greatness. It will be interesting if either version flirts with the Rocksmith established instructional element that allows you to play real guitars along with the song and helps you along according to your actual ability. Still, I bet each will remain a fictional sim of music to allow ‘gamers’ to simply air guitar (and drum) their way to greatness!

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