Guitar Hero IV To Feature Non-Guitars?

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly revealed a future direction that would put Guitar Hero franchise on equal footing to Rock Band.

Guitar Hero IV To Feature Non-Guitars?
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IGN reports that the May issue of Conde Nast Portfolio magazine sees Activision CEO Bobby Kotick revealing a future direction that would put his company's Guitar Hero franchise on equal footing to last year's newcomer, Rock Band. Upgrades include additional instruments (including vocals and, we hear separately, drums), as well as "local content" from "local bands." This corresponds with information Joystiq website has received from a source close to the company, who says that multiple instruments - including a microphone and drumkit - will be a part of the next Guitar Hero game, likely to be called Guitar Hero IV despite its focus on multiple instruments (other potential names: Band Hero and Rockstar Hero). Also, it is reported that Activision insiders are proud enough of their drum peripheral to say that it will be "superior" to Rock Band's. Perhaps just as importantly, Activision's weakness in downloadable content could be resolved as early as the release of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith this June, when content is expected to be released regularly, perhaps "even weekly." Also contributing to the company's positive outlook on DLC is the pending merger with Vivendi, potentially giving it unparalleled access to that company's Universal Music Group, the largest family of record labels in the music industry. Thanks for the report to Joystiq.com.

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    kslater22
    if they do release guitar hero with additional instruments i hope the drum set is the same as the rock band one, i dont have enough space for 2
    jonnyrotten45
    ya know whats crazy, people actually used to say, i wanna learn how to play guitar, instead of saying, i wanna learn how to beat throught the fire and the flames on expert!
    darkfire_storm
    [[BurnTheDusk]] wrote: corey3815 wrote: fantastic, now we'll have to pay 200 dollars just to play the god damn game when it comes out. And for the price of that you mine as well get a real guitar and a small amp. Trust me kids, In the long run guitar hero makes you a fat video game loser. In the long run also, real guitar gets you away from the damn playstation.
    or, how about this? people can play one or the other, or both, whichever makes them happy? i know it sounds crazy to do something fun, but bear with me. i mean, for god sakes people, why? i cannot for the life of me find anyone with a legitimate reason to hate Guitar Hero, other than they suck at it and the other kids pick on them. schoolyard bullcrap my friends. grow up.
    mitch311
    Why are you guys so ****in jelous that everyone plays guitar hero. Its a good game and thats all it is... A GAME
    Kelicon
    recliner33 wrote: Roots_radical wrote: Come on Activision, we want Harmonica hero!!!! I'd rather have a cowbell hero.
    u can play cowbell in Rock Band if ur the vocalist
    jincasa
    why do we care? im pretty sure everyone on this site is a guitarist or bassist. and if your truely a musician, you wouldnt waste your time playing this retarded game
    korn_dawg
    Zao_89 wrote: GUITAR hero = for guitars Rock BAND = for other instruments.
    Perhaps hence why the article only made an educated guess which was not confirmed? Their next game could still have a different name; the only reason they would keep the same name is so you know it is part of the same franchise that you know and loved in the past it'd not be descriptive in terms of content anymore, but it'd still be descriptive of the game.
    HIM%(^
    oh also...the reason guitar hero sucks now is becasue dream theater isnt in it...despite being TRUE heros. but i get the feeling that even if they were in it, the difficulty of their songs wouldnt be given justice...
    bbbbrooks1
    Roots_radical wrote: Come on Activision, we want Harmonica hero!!!!
    Nice.....yeah....That's what we all want.....frickin harmonica hero.....what songs will they have.....the bells of saint mary?
    Pat_s1t
    rocnroll4evr93 wrote: see, ppl shouldn't play GH or RB for the game itself, i play it because the music rocks, (even though rock band's track list sucks)and it is fun. I personally think that GH should stick to guitars and lose the other instruments (except for bass in co-op). i mean c'mon, the singing and the drums aren't even that fun.
    yea i agree RB's line up sucks so badly, i only like a few songs on there. and guitar is way better than the other instruments.
    The Breeze843
    Nebblacktip wrote: Cue the Guitar Hero bashing from people who haven't ever played the game, haven't played it since the first one came out, or who are bad at it and are angry because people can be good at things. Or dislike the song list. Anyway, here goes Activision trying to rip off Harmonix. After Guitar Hero III, their Band Hero or whatever has to be amazing to be worth it. With decent extra songs too. uberphreak wrote: So yeah. Anyway, Rock Band is far too expensive for any video game Since you won't be playing it alone, why not get three friends to chip in. Do any of you Guitar Hero bashers remember friends? You know, people who maybe do homework or build muscle cars or something, and then can step up on medium difficulty and have fun playing a videogame with you? I love playing guitar, but it's not for everyone. Guitar Hero, however, is possible for everyone. So lighten up, please.
    who do homework or build muscle cars lol nice job of finding the two most unlike things ever.i play guitar, have played GH and RB, and am workin ona project 68 Nova and am about to drop a 383 in my 86 chevy stepside.not to big on homework tho =p
    bbbbrooks1
    David_Bowie=GOD wrote: Guitar hero wasnt that bad at first, in fact I loved the first two for being able to play some songs that would take forever for me to learn. They really ****ed it up with guitar hero 3 though, and for that they dont deserve to make another one. The problem with the game is all the people who play it and are like oh yeah i can play cult of personality 97% on expert! Since when is hitting 5 buttons to a song more of an acheivement that actually being able to play the effin song!!!! Not to mention the game led to me hating Dragonforce because now everyone who dont know shit about music now loves them, which makes it terrible. I agree with the guy that said rock band is kind of similar to actually playing, execept for guitar, seeing your actually singing and the drums are kind of like a rhythm trainer. Not to mention they actually release DLC like they said unlike GH3. Watch them not release any DLC for the next one. Also watch it get called a pathetic excuse for a game and then everyone forgets about GH. Hopefully that will happen, because if it doesnt, then guitar hero will lead to the end of the music industry. I mean myself im ok at guitar hero i can play most of the songs on expert but then when some dude sits there and beats me at it and brags like hes hot shit that just shows how much of a dumb **** that person is. If they spent as much time trying to learn a real instrument as they did playing that game then they could maybe do something amazing.
    Nice....again.....that's great.....
    HIM%(^
    ok people here are just bitter because the people at their school that are good at GH are more popular then them...
    musicjunkie12
    Scince when did it become okay for plastic guitars and rubber headed drum sets you plug into you telivision to replace real musicians?...i'm sick of this game its fun for a while but its a video game quit obsessing
    porchmonkey4lif
    Scourge441 IMO, they should just make a Guitar Hero where you can plug a real guitar into the console and use that in lieu of a controller.
    then ud just be playing real guitar.
    boredness
    And he is true too i actually got into playing guitar from playing guitar hero and it actually makes me wanna play the guitar more
    mautsukuda wrote: LOL.. only because you're a musician doesn't mean you don't play video games.. both guitar hero and rock band are really fun games, which actually make me wanna play my real guitar and drums.. I think these games are a very good way to introduce REAL music into the lives of the young generation today, who only listen to crap music like most rap nowadays, where all they do is use a drum machine and samples from the real musicians, who played actual instruments.. These games WILL inspire a lot of these young kids today to go to a music store and pick up a guitar, or a bass, or a drum kit.. WE are the ones with the responsibility to keep music ALIVE through OUR children.. and what better way to reach that goal than with video games?? So, i actually wanna thank the creators of guitar hero and rock band for bringing back the TRUE and TALENTED rock music with these games. Peace!
    jagstang365
    PUNKfromNORWAY wrote: I agree, I liked guitar hero in the beginning but is sick of it, why does ppl spend som much time with that, and not spend the same time with a real guitar
    probably because its just a game and not real guitar
    red_cloud1
    I think it's good that kids play Guitar Hero. After all, it's just a video game and is intended for fun. It's also good that the GH games feature a mixture of classic rock songs as well as contemporary rock. True, it is annoying when little preteen brats take the game too seriously and become arrogant, especially to real guitarists. But if playing GH brings them closer to rock, then it's cool. If they play it enough, they might put down the plastic guitar controller and pick up an actual guitar. It's all about having a good time and the music, people. If GH introduces kids to rock, then it's cool. And besides, I play real guitar and own all the Guitar Hero games. It's just a game and it can be fun.
    phobiafreak949
    this would be sweet. ive played rock band, and the guitar is horrible compared to guitar hero. the buttons on the rock band guitar are too hard to push.
    mautsukuda
    LOL.. only because you're a musician doesn't mean you don't play video games.. both guitar hero and rock band are really fun games, which actually make me wanna play my real guitar and drums.. I think these games are a very good way to introduce REAL music into the lives of the young generation today, who only listen to crap music like most rap nowadays, where all they do is use a drum machine and samples from the real musicians, who played actual instruments.. These games WILL inspire a lot of these young kids today to go to a music store and pick up a guitar, or a bass, or a drum kit.. WE are the ones with the responsibility to keep music ALIVE through OUR children.. and what better way to reach that goal than with video games?? So, i actually wanna thank the creators of guitar hero and rock band for bringing back the TRUE and TALENTED rock music with these games. Peace!
    limefan913
    Hell, if they're going to continue to try and one up each other, just sell real guitars, a Roland electric drum kit and a figgin' PA. That's what were approaching.
    shotgunwillie
    Ok here is the thing. Both real guitarist and guitar hero players have skills. The group of friends I have mainly agree to one thing and that is that one is nothing like the other. You can't play a chord on a plastic guitar and those who can play expert on a game can move their fingers faster than alot of guitarists. But the main issue is that one is just a game and one is a religion to most. If you really pay attention you will find that those who are very good on the game are not as good on a real guitar and vice versa.
    Adam Musial
    It's sad when people are so good at real guitar then get shot down because some of them can't or haven't played Guitar-Hero.... Or as I quote the title from a Southpark episode and how i like to call it now, "Guitar-Queero"
    therescue06
    mzhang13 wrote: I play Guitar Hero 3, it's fun. I also play real guitar, more. The thing is, if you start playing more GH than real, your shouldn't be playing the real.
    well said.
    metal4me
    people always talk about how guitar hero sucks and how they should pick up a real guitar well then all of you who play shooting games, why don't you go do the real thing and enlist in the military it's just a videogame. it's not supposed to be real, that's the point
    SideshowRaven24
    bbbbrooks1 wrote: Roots_radical wrote: Come on Activision, we want Harmonica hero!!!! Nice.....yeah....That's what we all want.....frickin harmonica hero.....what songs will they have.....the bells of saint mary?
    sarcasm?
    Pat_s1t
    i would never leave my basement if GH IV had custom song maker and the ability to make good characters. Then i'd just play Gh, guitar and go on UG all day.
    7stringuzr
    They should stop adding instruments and just add more buttons and better songs. Perhaps a more metal genre?
    cj10schmelzer
    underplad_sux wrote: who cares guitar hero is for fags why dont people play real guitars anymore
    i bet NFL players dont say to people who play madden "why dont you go play real football" or i bet real spies dont say to people who play splinter cell "why dont you go shoot real people and break into a real FBI building." its just a game, get over it
    uhh_me?
    checked. know what i hate about guitar hero? the stupid comments that people make about it.
    MCRkid22
    The_Seventh_Sin wrote: God, i am sick of hearing about this video game. don't get me wrong, i play it once in a while, but it's ridiculous how this should be news on a guitar forum. this game's being taken too seriously.
    Agreed. We need more ACTUAL rock bands. Like, actual music. Like, GOOD music.
    MCRkid22
    Nekrofagist wrote: seriously though i beat rockband 67 songs expert drums i rock!
    Wow congrats. An exorbant amount of free time and a life with no job that will go nowhere quickly. You must be so proud. BUT AT LEAST YOURE COOL ON XBL. Oh wait. Nope.
    bassplayer275
    And BTW...
    Illiad86 wrote: how about theremin hero?
    awesome. +1
    {DSA_Soldier} wrote: Marlboro Medium wrote: I'll bet the vast majority of you who say Guitar Heros's fun , But I also play a guitar or other instrument. Are liein fat f u c k nerds tryin 2 sound less of loser. If anyone can even afford these expensive as s h i t games and the system 2 play it on. Then Your not a real hard core Guitarist who goes intyo your houses at night and robs the fu c k outta u pussy nerds and then write a song bout it. Why doesn't that make sense to me?
    lol. thats fantastic. there was not one coherent thought in that.
    bassplayer275
    two things... firstly, this site is for music news, not video game news. if you want video game news, go to gamespot. secondly, far too many people are forgetting that GH/RB are video games. they are meant to be fun, and they reach that goal, IMO. i play bass. i have for a number of years now. i also play guitar. and (stay with me here) i also play GH and RB. take a second to think about that. i played an instrument for a decent stretch of time before playing the games. they are nothing more than video games, and at the very least, it gets kids to hear music they wouldn't normally hear, or become interested in playing an instrument. after playing RB, i became very interested in learning to play drums. see? it works! people just have to remember that its a video game and that beating through the fire and flames or green grass and high tides on expert does not make people a true guitar player. it makes them good at a video game. to each his own, guys. live and let live.
    Cwolf
    I agree that its a dumb game but it's awesome for the holidays when all your relatives r drunk off their asses and think that it's easy to play..my aunt got hammered and tried singing bon jovi on rockband while waving the mic.If that kind of retardism isn't worth $200,then obviously you guys have no sense of humor.
    MasterOfCows
    {DSA_Soldier} wrote: Marlboro Medium wrote: I'll bet the vast majority of you who say Guitar Heros's fun , But I also play a guitar or other instrument. Are liein fat f u c k nerds tryin 2 sound less of loser. If anyone can even afford these expensive as s h i t games and the system 2 play it on. Then Your not a real hard core Guitarist who goes intyo your houses at night and robs the fu c k outta u pussy nerds and then write a song bout it. Why doesn't that make sense to me?
    Possibly the same reason it doesn't make sense to me.
    Caseyizzle
    Messer wrote: IMO, I'm sick and tired of hearing about all this Guitar Hero and Rock Band bullcrap. It's just a video game!! Almost every person I know that plays, I said almost, i'm not everybody, in percentage, I would say about 75%, think they are the next great one to Rock'N'Roll and all of sudden become this great Rock'N'Roll History teacher. It produces a lot of posers, now that does not mean that I am saying everybody that plays Guitar Hero or Rock Band is a poser, I'm just saying people take it way to serious and think they are the greatest thing ever because they can beat Slash and Tom in a face-off, when they don't even know who they are and couldn't tell you a damn thing about music in the first place. We all remember Pokemon and Dance Dance Revoolution, right? They were a huge thing, but Pokemon is unheard of today and Dance Dance Revolution is becoming that way. It's all a trend and will eventually go away with time.
    +10000 thats why i ****ing hate guitar hero, all these faggots think that playing guitar hero will help them with learning real guitar, but the truth is, it actually makes it harder to play real guitar, and second of all i hate these faggots that think guns n roses my favorite band btw, is so great because they've heard welcome to the jungle or sweet child and they think they ****ing know the band, its just the plane posers and people that follow the crowd that bug the **** out of me....
    Illiad86
    lol harmonica hero I almost crapped myself laughing how about theremin hero? (if youve never seen a theremin, look it up, they are pretty cool) Yeah and for what 200 bucks you can get yourself a real guitar anyways...wtf...like I said people dont want to take the time and the effort to learn these days. Come on, its really not that hard
    IbanezGSA
    I like Guitar Hero. But this just doesn't seem like a good idea. In my opinion this defeats the purpose of "Guitar" Hero. Also many people are going to make comments of it's similarity to Rock Band.
    jaggerbush320
    Hey guys, hear me out on this one, Super Hero. Huh? What do you think? Just like a real suprhero only different. I love Guitar Hero. I love playing guitar. I mean come on, how can anybody who likes music enough to spend some of their life on a guitar site not like a game that lets you interact with music you love?
    rocnroll4evr93
    see, ppl shouldn't play GH or RB for the game itself, i play it because the music rocks, (even though rock band's track list sucks)and it is fun. I personally think that GH should stick to guitars and lose the other instruments (except for bass in co-op). i mean c'mon, the singing and the drums aren't even that fun.
    HH_Emo_666
    .. why the hell would GH add drums and vocals? First of all they just bought the GH franchise. (Well Activision) and now Harmonix or w/e made Rock Band. I guess GH finally count on that just playing guitar is very boring. Atleast with RB you could play bass whenever you want, drums and vocals.
    xHellbound
    I think they should add a keyboard, 10 buttons, 5 for each hand. That would be pretty cool.
    Kilimacory
    well, everyone is saying asking why ppl spend so much time playing it, and its just cuz if you cant play insane songs on real guitar, at least you can do it on guitar hero. idk guitar hero 1 is what inspired me to pick up a guitar and start playing