To be perfectly honest, a regular Guitar Hero game is nothing compared to you picking up a real-life guitar and actually learning how to play it. Still the game has experienced positive reception over the years, and now a brand new avatar of it is planning on making a comeback for the likes of Xbox One and PS4.
According to what a few unnamed sources related to the matter told Kotaku, Activision is currently working on a new Guitar Hero game for the next generation consoles – PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The report also claims that the game may bring a more realistic approach to the otherwise cartoony series we know so well.
While an E3 reveal is said to be planned for the revamped edition of the Guitar Hero, according to one source, new guitar peripherals are also set to be introduced for the new game, apart from life-like crowd cheering you on and realistic reaction, depending on whether or not you play a tasty riff.
"We don't comment on rumour or speculation, but have previously said, that as one of the most beloved entertainment franchises, we would only bring Guitar Hero back if we developed the right innovations to usher the franchise into the new generation of gaming," an Activision spokesperson said when contacted by Kotaku.
Sure, everything here is to be taken with a pinch of salt until things are clearer, but the report comes after last week Bloomberg claimed that a revival of the Rock Band series was also in the works, for the Xbox One and PS4. Details on the game (or anything related to its official announcement) were not revealed at that time, however.
The last Guitar Hero game, called Warriors of Rock, was released back in September 2010. However, by that time the global recession had already entirely brought down the music-game boom that escalated in the mid to late '00s.
Later, Activision officially killed the series in late 2011, having bought it (along with its original publisher, RedOctane) in 2007. At that time, however, Kotaku reported that a determined yet uneasy seventh game was in development at New York studio Vicarious Visions. But nothing was known beyond that.
In the mean time, Guitar Hero developers Neversoft and RedOctane have been disbanded by publisher Activision, while Rock Band studio Harmonix also moved on to other music-based projects (including the Kinect-focused series called Dance Central). Last year the studio also took to Kickstarter to fund development of a sequel to the cult hit Amplitude.