Okay, so yesterday we got our first look at Guitar Hero World Tour and it got us all excited, even if we were worried about storage space. Today Activision has handed us their vision for the future of music gaming and probably one-third of upcoming YouTube home videos; and it’s coming this fall.
Guitar Hero is ready to answer Rock Band’s challenge for music-sim suprimo in a major way, guaranteeing “the most realistic drum experience ever in a videogame.” This authentic electric kit comes with three drums, two raised cymbals and a bass kick pedal. It has velocity sensitive drum heads made of soft rubber for proper bounce back and is designed to be easily set up, tore down and stored. Not only is there the new drum set, but a mic and a more responsive guitar.
World Tour will feature the largest on-disc set of music so far in a music-rhythm game. Promising only master recordings, it will have music from top name groups like Van Halen, Linkin Park, The Eagles, Sublime and many more. The good folks at Activision also boast the best and much more localized downloadable content than ever before.
In the video, we saw that players will get to create their own singles. This will be done with the new Music Studio mixer, so players can create digital music from scratch using all the different instruments and then play that song in-game. Players will be able to share their singles and original creations online though GHTunes (surely Activision can think of something more original than that?).
Living room rockers can go online to compete in single-player career mode as well as the new Battle of the Bands mode where two bands of four players can go head to head. Bands can customize everything from character looks, instruments used, the band’s logo and even their album covers.
So it looks like Activision is pulling out all the stops to make this the baddest music game ever. Dusty Welch, Head of Publishing for RedOctane says, “With the introduction of our advanced high-quality new wireless instruments (that’s right, wireless), in-depth customization options and advanced online functionality, the game enables music fans and gamers globally to share in the most social and expressive music experience ever.”
Guitar Hero World Tour will deubt this fall on Xbox 360 and PlaySation 3 (developed by Neversoft); the Wii (developed by Vicarious Visions); and the PlayStation 2 (developed by Budcat).
[See also: Guitar Hero World Tour gallery]