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Get the band back together, Guitar Hero Live releases today nationwide

The return of rock is finally here as Guitar Hero returns to major console this week. Activision Publishing announced the pop culture phenomenon that captured the hearts of 40 million players across the globe is officially available at retail stores nationwide with the completely reinvented “Guitar Hero Live“.

The game itself was developed by FreeStyleGames, the popular studio behind DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2. With Guitar Hero Live players will find an improved guitar controller, hundreds of songs and two brand new ways to play. One of those new ways is sure to be the most popular and it’s called GH Live. In the first-person point of view game-ode, players “play” in front of a real crowd that reacts to how you perform. The second is called GHTV, the world’s first playable music video network. The epic launch week festivities started at the Seahawks game this past Sunday with Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore playing the game during halftime, and continued with a launch event featuring live performances by Weezer, Rival Sons and Grizfolk.

“Guitar Hero is one of the most beloved gaming franchises of all time, and now, after years of research and development, it’s back, totally reinvented, and better than ever with Guitar Hero Live,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “The experience of being up on stage, in first person, playing in front of a live crowd that responds to your performance in real time, will put your heart in your throat. And GHTV, which lets you play along to your favorite music videos, will keep the game fresh with a continuous stream of new content. We’ve poured our hearts and souls into Guitar Hero Live and we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on it. It’s going to be awesome.”

Activision and FreeStyleGames are also bringing the Guitar Hero Live experience to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at launch and Apple TV later this year. The mobile version of the game is available as a bundle with a guitar controller that works across Apple devices, letting fans live out the rockstar experience anytime, anywhere.

The mobile version of the game is now available at major retailers around the country, and for the first time ever, Activision is teaming up with T-Mobile to bring the mobile version of the game to a wireless retailer. Starting today, Guitar Hero Live will be available in T-Mobile stores nationwide and online at T-Mobile.com/GuitarHeroLive.

Each mode of the game delivers a new take on the music game genre. An unparalleled leap in rockstar realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage, with players performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who react in real time to how well or poorly you play. Shot live with musicians performing in front of real crowds, GH Live delivers the raw excitement and stage fright that comes with owning the stage in front of thousands of cheering – or jeering – fans.

GHTV is a revolutionary new way to play Guitar Hero. The 24-hour playable music video network lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official videos, from the newest releases to favorite hits. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that will launch with hundreds of songs and will continue to grow, with new songs added weekly, serving as an ever-expanding source for music discovery while bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room. In GHTV, fans can play along with different channels of music or choose to play one of hundreds of songs on demand. Fans can win fame playing solo or with their friends in local head-to-head multiplayer, and online against other players trying to master the same song. And simply by plugging in a USB mic, players can sing along to the music in both GH Live and GHTV with lyrics displayed on screen.

GHTV also includes Premium Shows, which highlight premium playable content such as live concert footage, debut music videos in the platform and more. Starting today, fans can experience the GHTV premiere of the Avenged Sevenfold Premium Show, including playable concert footage recorded at the band’s recent headlining performance at England’s venerable Download Festival. Players will also be awarded with a custom Avenged Sevenfold themed note highway and player card. Activision is also giving fans a chance to get in the game by submitting clips of themselves performing Ed Sheehan’s hit song “Sing” through the musical.ly app, with winners being featured in a world premiere music video that will be playable in the game.

Guitar Hero Live also introduces a new guitar controller that features six buttons: two rows of three buttons that better reflect the way people naturally play and deliver more fun for players of all abilities. This simple innovation makes it easier for beginners to play and harder for veterans to master. Additionally, fans can sing along in the game, complete with lyrics on screen, adding another way to play together in the same living room.

Guitar Hero Live takes a fresh take on the music styling of rhythm games. The celebrated trackless includes hundreds of songs at launch, including the music of The Rolling Stones, The Black Keys, Queen, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy, Pearl Jam, Bruno Mars, Weezer, Iggy Pop, Alt-J, Jet, ZZ Top, Rage Against the Machine, Megadeth, The Strokes, Royal Blood, Ed Sheeran, Gary Clark Jr., and many more.

Guitar Hero Live is hitting store shelves just in time for the busy holiday season. Toys“R”Us has already placed the game on the company’s 2015 Fabulous 15 list, which highlights products expected to be the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season. Guitar Hero Live has also been included in Target’s Top Toy List for 2015, which names the hottest wish-list items for the 2015 holiday season.

Guitar Hero Live is now available as a one-guitar bundle ($99.99 SRP) or two-guitar bundle ($149.99 SRP) in the U.S. and on October 23 in Europe on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Another version will hit iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and later this year on the new Apple TV.

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