So now we know that Guitar Hero Live is the game that will be responsible for reviving the series. It was revealed today and it's quite unrecognizable from its former self.
In a move that can best be described as "odd", Activision and developer FreeStyleGames have created a FMV Guitar Hero experience. Which is to say, instead of in-game graphics, it uses actual pre-shot footage. You'll also exist on two planes of existence that will adapt as you play. If you are playing well, your band mates and the crowd will rock out. If you are playing awful, everyone will shuffle around awkwardly.
Here is the reveal trailer.
The game will also use a new controller and new scheme. Instead of just having buttons on different parts of the guitar's neck, it only has three placements but several combinations of chords in those spaces. I wish I could explain it better than that, but sadly, I've not seen it used in action.
Here is a picture of said controller:
The game with the controller will retail for $99.99 and will be out this year.
I really can't get my head around if I think this is a good idea or not. Is it possible to be kind of cool and kind of dumb at the same time? Because this certainly would fall in that category. Having said that, can I see myself playing it at a friend's house and having a good time? Yes.