Friday, May 23, 2008
Guitar Hero to get drums and microphone
Rock Band has finally cought the attention of Guitar Hero franchise. Soon you will no longer find Guitar Hero with just a guitar. It will be adding all the extra's soon.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Activision Inc (ATVI.O) is adding drums, bass guitar, and microphone to its popular "Guitar Hero" video game, a move aimed at winning away fans of MTV's rival musical title "Rock Band."
"Guitar Hero World Tour" will include the ability for two groups of four people each to compete online, as well as let players compose and play their own music, Activision said on Thursday.
The game will feature songs from bands such as Van Halen, The Eagles, Linkin Park and Sublime, with every song being an original master track, unlike past games where many of the songs were cover versions.
Due out in the fall, the game will mark a new direction for the "Guitar Hero" franchise, in which players push colored buttons on a plastic guitar-shaped controller to match notes on the screen.
"I certainly think it takes the edge off 'Rock Band'," said Mike Hickey, an analyst with Janco Partners. "What's 'Rock Band' going to do now, add a flute and banjo?"
Activision's money-spinning franchise got its first real competition last November when Viacom's (VIAb.N) MTV unit launched "Rock Band," which featured drumming and singing in addition to guitar playing.
The "Guitar Hero" series has raked in more than a billion dollars for Activision and has helped drive a 72 percent rise in the company's stock over the past 12 months.
Posted by Joshua Koehler