Guitar Hero Live Announced for PS4 & PS3, Launches in Fall 2015 for $99.99

April 14, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

Available in Fall 2015, Activision and developer FreeStyle Games (DJ Hero) have announced that Guitar Hero Live is coming to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and select mobile devices for $99.99.

Continuing the franchise that was the fastest to $1 billion in North America and Europe and had over 40 million players, Guitar Hero Live introduces two ways to play – GH Live and GHTV:

GH Live (First-Person View on Stage)

A quantum leap forward in immersion and realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage and performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who dynamically react in real-time to how well or poorly you play. As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people.

GHTV (World’s First Playable Live Music Video Network)

GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos – across a wide variety of genres – from the newest releases to favorite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room.

The Guitar Hero Live guitar controller also underwent a redesign, featuring two rows of three buttons “that better reflects the way people naturally play,” making it easier for beginners and more complex for veterans.

As for the actual music, Activision didn’t confirm any specific songs today, but they did say it takes the approach of the modern music festival, mixing songs from all different genres. In total, there will be hundreds of playable songs from artists like 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, Blitz Kids, and many more.

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg added:

Guitar Hero is a franchise that so many people love. Figuring out how to bring it back with true breakthrough innovation has been years in the making, and a labor of love. Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright. And with GHTV, we have created the world’s first live, playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles, or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever.

To celebrate the announcement, you can play Guitar Hero at these locations this week:

  • April 14, 2015:  Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm – 9pm
  • April 18, 2015:  Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm – 5pm
  • April 18, 2015:  Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm – 5pm

What do you think of Guitar Hero Live?