Move over Rock, next Hero does Guitar plus full on 'Band'
Activision just unveiled Guitar Hero: World Tour, which will include an electronic drum kit and microphone along with the ubiquitous fake guitar for full on band jams, just like the phenomenally successful upstart, Rock Band.
Posted May 23, 2008
Activision just announced that Guitar Hero World Tour, the next installment of the hugely popular Guitar Hero air guitar game, will sport not just a guitar controller but new wireless instruments as well, specifically drums and microphones, just like its newest competitor, Rock Band.
Thus, Guitar Hero World Tour will expand the core gameplay of the Guitar Hero series by adding the "cooperative band experience," just like rival game, Rock Band, released late last year to steal the Guitar Hero series thunder, three games deep. To up the ante, the multi-player, multi-instrument fake jam fest of World Tour will sport new gameplay modes, including an innovative Music Studio music creator that lets players compose, record, edit and share their tunes, along with online "Band Career" and 8-player "Battle of the Bands." Wannabe rockers will also be given creative license to fully customize everything from their characters' appearance and instruments to their band's logo and album covers.
Reportedly delivering the largest on-disc set list in a music-rhythm game to-date, Guitar Hero World Tour will be comprised entirely of master recordings -- as opposed to studio made cover tunes -- from some of the greatest classic and modern rock bands of all-time including Van Halen, Linkin Park, The Eagles, Sublime and many more.
In addition to a newly designed (and reportedly more-responsive) wireless guitar controller and microphone, Guitar Hero World Tour will sport an authentic electronic drum kit, complete with three drum pads, two raised cymbals and a kick pedal. The drum controller is said to combine larger and quieter, velocity-sensitive drumheads with soft rubber construction to deliver a more credible, drum-like feel -- compared to Rock Band's toy-like drum kit, anyway. By the looks of the it, the kit still isn't configured like a real drum kit, not with snare drum placement, anyway.
Guitar Hero World Tour is being developed for PlayStation2, PlayStation3, Wii, and Xbox 360 and is slated for release this fall (2008). Importantly, the Wii version of the game, developed by Vicarious Visions, will be the first Wii game of any kind to feature downloadable content playable in-game.