Activision Announces Guitar Hero Live for Mobile

The upcoming music rhythm game is described as a "reimagining" of the series for a modern era.

Guitar Hero Live

Activision has announced Guitar Hero Live, a “reimagining” of the popular music rhythm game, for mobile devices and home consoles. According to the Activision Games Blog, the title, which is being developed by FreeStyleGames, can be considered two games in one: GH Live and GHTV.

GH Live retains the sense of playing music as part of a band, but with a focus on realism. Users take a first-person view as they join the real performances of bands in front of real crowds. The crowds will react appropriately as players make mistakes or hit perfect note streaks, and other band members may start to give players concerned looks as they make mistakes.

Meanwhile, GHTV is a network of playable music videos, containing hundreds of songs from a wide variety of artists, including The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids, among other artists yet to be announced.

In GHTV mode, gamers can compete against their friends for high scores online or via local play, while also completing challenges.

Guitar Hero Live Controller

Guitar Hero Live introduces a new controller to the franchise, which Activision’s communications manager, Scott Lowe, says has been designed “to both look and feel more authentic” than previous models. The controller features two rows of three buttons, which Lowe says makes the game easier to play, while also offering more complexity as users’ skills improve over time.

Guitar Hero Live is expected to release on home consoles as well as a selection of tablets and smartphones this fall for $99.99. The mobile version of the game will feature the full console experience, including both GH Live and GHTV modes.