Sit back, close your eyes, and take a minute to reminisce about the first time you played Guitar Hero. Remember how strangely hard it was, especially if you actually knew how to play the guitar, you know, in real life? How addictive it was, even though you hated the fact that the game used knockoff versions of your favorite songs? Can you still hear the incessant clacking sound of the colorful plastic buttons? Now open your eyes. Surprise! Guitar Hero is back.
Guitar Hero Live is the first new version of the one-time gaming behemoth since 2010’s Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, and seems like a major upgrade. Instead of playing as a cartoonish rocker stereotype avatar, gamers will be able to play in first-person mode—allowing them to interact with bandmates as well as an unruly and fickle crowd. This motion sickness-inducing format is only one of the myriad of changes coming to Activision’s darling, which include a brand-new controller that somewhat closer resembles a real guitar, new tracks from a wider variety of artists like The War on Drugs, The Black Keys, and Skrillex (what?), and an online multi-player mode where you can test your button-pressing skills against other players all over the world.
While there is no official release date for Guitar Hero Live yet, the game is expected to be available for PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, and Nintendo Wii U at some point this year.