Activision's smash hit games series Guitar Hero, in which gamers use specially made 'guitar' controllers to follow the notes of rock songs, has its next instalment at last, although Activision has yet to commit to an actual name for the game. The general public is likely to assume for now (perhaps rightly so) that it will be called Guitar Hero III.
The game will be made available on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and PS2. Activision has handed over development duties to its Neversoft studios, while RedOctane will remain on board as publishers.
As for the guitars themselves, the company announces that the licence to release peripherals made in the likeness of Gibson guitars will continue with the release of new, updated guitar controllers based on the Les Paul and Kramer models. The Les Paul controller will be developed for simultaneous release with the versions on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, while the Kramer controller will be exclusive to PS2 owners of the game. In addition, these new controllers will feature customisable faceplates and a new button colour design that will grant users "an even greater authentic rock experience".
With the advent of downloadable content on modern consoles, Activision promises more tracks on this sequel than any previous Guitar Hero game before it. Although a complete tracklist is still unavailable at this time, the company announced that the following tracks will be playable in this installment:
-- Paint It Black (by the Rolling Stones)
-- Cherub Rock (by the Smashing Pumpkins)
-- Sabotage (by Beastie Boys)
-- The Metal (by Tenacious D)
-- My Name is Jonas (by Weezer)
-- Knights of Cydonia (by Muse)
-- Rock And Roll All Nite (as made famous by Kiss)
-- School's Out (as made famous by Alice Cooper)
-- Slow Ride (as made famous by Fog Hat)
-- Cult of Personality (by Living Colour)
-- Barracuda (as made famous by Heart)
Given its early stage of development, Guitar Hero III has not yet been rated by the ESRB, nor has it received a more descriptive release date than autumn 2007.