I hope everyone is ready. The music video game genre is making a comeback. This week on April 14th, it was announced that Guitar Hero Live was coming out this fall. About a month ago Rock Band 4 (RB4) was confirmed for release this fall. Honestly, I still have Rock Band parties even years after the release of Rock Band 3, and I was hoping for a reason to retire my Xbox 360 and use my Xbox One. RB4 has offered me that reason. When I heard about RB4 coming out and with the rumors of Guitar Hero returning I was very skeptical as the Guitar Hero brand, by the end of their 7th gen incarnations, had lost what made it fun and entertaining. They were trying to compete too much with Rock Band and not doing what they did best – guitar game play. When I saw the video for Guitar Hero LIve and saw it was guitar focused. I was moderately intrigued. After seeing the footage and how they changed the guitar hardware and added the concert live footage feel I was very intrigued. I think they may have brought Guitar hero back to its roots.
We do have news on both games: RB4 has announced all DLC to include older system paid DLC and disk content to migrate to the new systems available for you to use in RB4. You just can’t switch console manufacturers. So if you had DLC on 360 you will only have access on X1, if you had it on PS3 you will only be able to have the content on PS4. This is because it is tied to your Console account not an EA account. That is a downside if you switched console manufacturers this generation. Also, Harmonix confirmed on April 16th that you will be able to use your old Guitar Hero and Rock Band instruments for RB4. Though there is no confirmation of how this will work. So, we’ll have to wait and see. As well Mad Katz will be making new instruments for players that want to upgrade (all wireless of course). RB4 is going back to the core instruments. There will be no Keyboard/Keytar for the new game.
What I love from both announcements is that they are going to a strictly DLC and hardware model where they will release the game once and allow you to buy the songs you want. Which, honestly, I personally prefer because I feel the continual release of the games created a fatigue that ended the life of these games rather prematurely. I am looking forward to the music video game genre coming back.
How does everyone else feel? Let me know in the comments below.