Activision today confirmed that the Wii version of Guitar Hero World Tour will support some form of downloadable content, though no details were provided. It is not known if the content refers to new songs or the sharing of user-created tracks.
Downloadable content on the Wii is a concern for developers due to the console’s paltry 512MB of internal storage. Users can expand that space through the use of SD cards, however, the Wii will only executive downloaded content if it is located within the internal memory.
In related news, a picture of the drum kit that will come with the game has been released. Enjoy.
Following up on revealing the game title to be Guitar Hero World Tour, Activision issued a trailer for the upcoming multi-instrument rocker in development at Neversoft. The game is due out this Fall on PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
I’ll let the press release itself do the talking:
Friday 24th November/… Family and friends of the air guitar yesterday paid their final respects as it was cremated in an East London funeral parlour.
As the funeral party tearfully took their seats, a church organist and choir performed classic rock hymns such as ‘More Than a Feeling’ and ‘Heart-Shaped Box’. The guitar-shaped coffin was lead in by three female gothic pallbearers, and a rock vicar delivered an impassioned tribute to the once-great fictional instrument. Following the service, the air guitar coffin was cremated as a Slash lookalike played an emotional solo.
Mourner Anna Starr, 24, of South London, said: “There was not a dry eye in the house. The moving service really captured the spirit of the air guitar as it played its final note before ascending the ‘Stairway to Heaven’.”
The air guitar died this week as its 21st Century replacement was born: Guitar Hero II® for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, which hits stores today. Rather than pretend playing air guitar riffs using fingers and thin air, Guitar Hero II lets anyone look and feel like a true rock star. The video game uses interactive music technology and the Guitar Hero SG® Controller, modelled after the Gibson® SG guitar, to allow players to thrash along to more than 40 rock classics including ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, ‘Freebird’ and ‘Message in a Bottle’.
Following the service, the funeral party moved to the wake, where the air guitar’s life was celebrated and remembered. Top rock artists White Rose Movement and LunarMile provided the entertainment, as the evening moved from a tearful wake into a raging party. Mourners then cranked up the volume as they rocked out to Guitar Hero II till the wee hours of the morning.
“The air guitar had a good innings,” added, Chris Tufnell, 23, St Albans, “but all things must come to an end. The fact is, there’s really no place for the air guitar any more in this PlayStation generation. Strap on your Guitar Hero SG controller and rock out.”
If that didn’t tickle your funny bone, these pictures from the event will:
Guitar Hero II features quite a few in-game partners, according to an announcement from RedOctane. As players rock out to the game’s 60+ songs playlist, they will be subject to viewing ads for Gibson Guitar, Kramer, Krank, MusicMan Basses, Orange, VHT and the Vans Warped Tour, among others.
“The product placement within Guitar Hero II is designed to add an extra element of realism for gamers,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing, RedOctane. “Players are deeply immersed into the rock star culture, utilizing the authentic tools of musicians worldwide including an extensive array of amps, strings, pedals, cymbals, music stores and venues.”
In far more exciting news, it has been announced that Dave Navarro from Red Hot Chilli Peppers will be signing Guitar Hero controllers and games at a midnight release event in Los Angeles. Gamers will need to flock the Best Buy at 11301 W. Pico Blvd. from 10.30pm on November 6; the guitarist will be there until 12.30 am on November 7. The event will also be host to Guitar Hero II kiosks set up for people to try out the game “with the help of on-site Best Buy ‘blue shirt’ gaming experts.”
Guitar Hero II will be released on November 7 for PS2. A Xbox 360 version is in development.
From RedOctane comes word that it will be offering a wireless guitar controller for use in Guitar Hero 2 for the PS2. Although a Xbox 360 version of the game has been announced, the press release did not mention the wireless guitar for the console. The device will be released sometime next month for $60; Guitar Hero II is set to ship on November 7.
X06 attendees got the chance to experience an early version of the game for Xbox 360, as well as the X-Plorer controller (pictured). Besides enhanced graphics, Guitar Hero II on the next-gen console will feature micro-transactions, letting users buy and download songs via Xbox Live Marketplace.
No release date was disclosed for the title, though the PS2 version hits stores November 7.
Headbangers in Europe will now be able to bang their heads nearer with their North American brethren thanks to Red Octane and Activision who announced that Guitar Hero II will be available in the region this November, shortly after its American release.
Guitar Hero II will be available as a hardware bundle complete with a replica Gibson SG controller or as a standalone disc for owners of the original. The final tracklist for the title is yet to be announced, but RedOctane promises a heady mix of classic and contemporary rock, as well as a couple of surprises.
Even though Activision saw a net loss of $18 million this quarter, the publisher spent $100 million on purchasing RedOctane, the studio behind the Guitar Hero series. RedOctane’s price weighed in at $99.9 million, $31 million of which was paid in cash, $30 million in Activision common stock and $40 in additional Activision stock payable over two years.
RedOctane today announced that it has begun shipping a limited number of solo Guitar Hero SG Controllers into stores throughout Europe. Modeled after the Gibson SG, the guitar controller for the game is available for £30.
In multi-player mode, two guitarists compete for the ultimate rock accolade as they thrash off individual sections of each song. Tunes alternate between the guitarists, with each player being judged on accuracy, timing and judicious use of Star Power. The player with the highest score at the end of the track wins – but with clever use of the game’s multipliers and bonuses, evenly matched guitar heroes will be contesting victory until the very final note.
Guitar Hero for the PS2 is priced at £50 complete with a Gibson replica Guitar Hero SG controller. A sequel is on the way.