Activision has opened a refund program for players of Guitar Hero Live after the publisher ended support for Guitar Hero TV in December, emptying its 500-strong song library of all but 42 tracks.
Guitar Hero Live's GHTV mode - the mode that let you buy premium shows to play along to - shuts down on 1st December 2018, Activision has announced.
Guitar Hero is without doubt one of the most successful franchises of all time. 2007's Guitar Hero 3 became the first single retail video game to exceed one billion dollars in sales, and by the late 2000s, multiple Guitar Hero games were released each year. But after 2010 the franchise disappeared - and despite a brief resuscitation in 2015 with the release of Guitar Hero Live, it's safe to say the series is pretty much dead.
Ubisoft has picked up FreeStyleGames from Activision.
Guitar Hero Live developer Freestyle Games has suffered a number of redundancies - but owner Activision has said the studio will remain open.
Hot on the heels of Rock Band 4's failure to meet sales expectations, Activision has said Guitar Hero Live also didn't do the business.
A new update to Guitar Hero Live has added the much-requested ability to battle another player, one-on-one, head-to-head.
After a solid week of back-to-back shows, I've just about got to grips with Guitar Hero Live's new visual vocabulary. It's a three-lane bowling alley where ergonomic icons scroll smoothly into strum bar range, a blizzard of black-and-white plectrums and the odd liquorice allsort hurtling down the familiar endless guitar-neck highway. It's taken some physical graft and a little mental rewiring, but ramping up the difficulty level feels like it has been worth it: there are pleasing nuances to uncover among the challenging punchcard patterns.
Guitar Hero Live
Editor's note: Guitar Hero Live, Activision and FreeStyle Games' reboot of the rhythm action series, releases this week. Seeing as a large part of Guitar Hero Live is built around the new online service, Guitar Hero TV, we're holding off on our review until we have adequate experience of the game on fully stressed servers, and we currently anticipate having our final impressions live by the end of the week. Before then, here are early impressions culled from a handful of days with Guitar Hero Live.
Guitar Hero Live developer FreeStyleGames has again tried to explain its new DLC model, which makes use of the game's GH Live streaming service.
If it truly is better to burn out than fade away, then the original Guitar Hero series was doing something right. In 2009, a mere four years after the series was introduced, Guitar Hero 3 became the first single video game to exceed $1billion in sales. Less than two years later the series was dead, a victim of its own excesses that brought the whole genre down with it. FreeStyle Games, developer of Guitar Hero's Activision stablemate DJ Hero, was one of many casualties.
Activision has confirmed that three of its titles will be available for play via the newly announced Apple TV. Guitar Hero Live, Skylanders Superchargers and Geometry Wars 3 will all be playable on the device when they launch later this autumn.
Music games have returned and the battle off the brands is back on. This October it's Rock Band 4 up against Guitar Hero Live. And of the two it's Activision's Guitar Hero Live that will be cheaper.
Guitar Hero Live will be out on 20th October for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U, Activision has announced.
It will also arrive on select unannounced mobile devices.
The game bundled with a new guitar controller will retail for $99.99 in North America, so we expect that to be somewhere in the neighborhood of £70 in the UK. We'll update when we get the official UK pricing.
UPDATE 19/05/2015: A list of 10 new songs have been revealed for Guitar Hero Live. They include:
After a five-year hiatus, music rhythm game Guitar Hero has reformed with a new perspective: first-person.