Green Day, MCR lead Guitar Hero reboot

Green Day, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy are among the first wave of names to be announced for Guitar Hero Live.

The popular video game has been on hiatus for five years but will return on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Wii U via Activision and developer FreeStyleGames.

The game sees players matching on-screen prompts with button presses on a guitar controller which simulates notes or chords, enabling them to play along to tracks by their favourite artists.

The controller from previous versions has been redesigned, ditching the brightly-coloured buttons in favour of two small rows at the top of the fretboard, while the visuals have been revamped to make the experience more realistic.

FreeStyleGames creative director Jamie Jackson tells Eurogamer: “I hope the purists see there is a lot of fun there – and I hope they also see it will give them something to learn again.

“If I have a new game, I don’t want to just go straight in at the top. I want to learn. I want to have an experience of feeling like I’ve made my way to the top.”

Other artists confirmed include Pierce The Veil, Blitz Kids and The War On Drugs. A full tracklist and more bands will be announced in due course.

The game will launch this autumn and retail for £89.99.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.