SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The publisher of “Guitar Hero” is readying a comeback tour.
Activision Blizzard Inc. announced plans Tuesday to resurrect the once-popular video game franchise. The new entry scheduled for release this fall is titled “Guitar Hero Live” and introduces a redesigned guitar, live-action actors and an online music video network.
“Guitar Hero Live” will cast players as an up-and-coming guitarist in a fictitious band. Instead of playing along with computer-generated characters, wannabe rockers will see a first-person view of their band mates and audiences portrayed by human actors.
During its prime in 2009, the “Guitar Hero” series topped $2 billion in sales. Activision abandoned the franchise in 2011 after sales dipped.
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The “Guitar Hero” revival follows last month’s tease that “Rock Band” developer Harmonix is bringing back its own performance series.