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Activision announces 'Guitar Hero Live'

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Get ready to rock… again, as Activision is reviving the Guitar Hero name.

The publisher announced Guitar Hero Live today, the latest entry in the music gaming franchise, which has remained dormant since 2010. The new entry brings with it a brand new controller setup, a new presentation, and, of course, a whole new setlist of songs to rock out to in your living room.

Developed by FreeStyle Games, the makers of DJ HeroLive allows fans to play from the first-person view of a musician on stage, with live bandmates and audience members on screen reacting to how you play. The game also includes the GHTV mode, which allows players to rock along to the music videos of songs in an updated collection of tracks, playing with or against other rockers.

Live is going with a much more universal appeal with its track list, with announced artists being involved including The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, The Lumineers, My Chemical Romance, Carrie Underwood, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Gary Clark, Jr., Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, Pierce the Veil, and Blitz Kids.

The guitar itself does away with the traditional five-button layout of previous games and instead includes a controller with two rows of three buttons stacked on top of each other. This will allow beginner players to focus on only one row of buttons, while more advanced players will play along with chord-like shapes.

Watch the reveal trailer below and stay tuned to EW for hands-on impressions of the game, which is slated to come to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and certain mobile devices this fall.

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