The music rhythm revival is in full swing now, with Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live both set for release later this year. The thing that sets Activision’s Guitar Hero Live from the pack is that unlike the animated cartoon cutouts and characters of previous Guitar Hero games, Live is going for a realistic rocker experience that will make us feel like real rock legends.
As demonstrated by that nervy announcement trailer, the game will do this via using a first person viewpoint. It’s some pretty special stuff but how did developer Freestyle Games pull it off? In a brand new Guitar Hero Live trailer, we go behind the scenes and find out how ‘Live’ came to be.
Guitar Hero Live – Behind the Scenes
As the above trailer shows, Freestyle Games wanted to use actual musicians and bandmates so that they could recreate the feeling of what it’s like to rock out with your bezzie mates or to absolutely bomb and let those same friends down. A whole leap of filming went into Guitar Hero Live and the dev spent a lot of time recording the band and the crowd in an actual gig setting. So although there’s a heck of a lot of acting going on there (assuming the hired crowd didn’t actually throw beverages at the performers) the hope is that it will feel genuine when we play the game.
Something that’s also quite apparent with the way all of those crowds and performers and whatnot have been added to the game is that Guitar Hero Live has an awful lot of room for DLC. And not just your normal track pack either, I could see DLC centred around artists and bands (be it Ed Sheeran, Paramore or whoever else who plays a six-string) that makes players feel as though they are really on stage with those performers. If Freestyle decided to include support for (virtual reality headsets) Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus , they could make a serious killing.
The behind the scenes trailer also mentioned Guitar Hero TV, which is the other half of Guitar Hero Live‘s gameplay. GHTV is essentially a music video hub that lets you play along to an official video as opposed to a live action crowd. Freestyle promises that GHTV will cater to all sorts of music tastes, including heavy metal, indie rock and pop too, but only a handful of artists have been announced thus far so we’ll have to wait for a full tracklist to see how well they stick to that.
Guitar Hero Live will be released on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One later in 2015.