Neversoft has two acts to match up to; one is its own doing and the other Harmonix’s. Not only does Neversoft have to deliver a quality successor to Guitar Hero World Tour, but it has to match The Beatles: Rock Band too. The latter is on the cards as Activision has just unveiled an official page for Guitar Hero 5, also dating the game simultaneously. September 1 is when the next installment in the series comes out. Following in the track laid down by its predecessor, Guitar Hero 5 will provide a full band experience, and at the same time better it by refining the social experience on offer. This would take the form of two new gameplay modes: Party Play and RockFest.
Party Play will allow players to jump in and drop out from a band anytime they wish – even in the middle of a song. It also allows them to switch instruments or difficulty levels while playing. RockFest, on the other hand, brings several sub-modes that allow 2-8 players to jam on the same instrument. Among the sub-modes in RockFest is Momentum, which changes the difficulty level real-time depending on how well a player is going; Elimination, which drops the worst player periodically; Perfectionist, wherein only certain parts of the song fetch points; Do-or-Die; which freezes players for a while when they miss a note; and Streakers, which rewards players for hitting notes in succession.
Of course if all that doesn’t interest you then you have the long lineup of licensed artists to look forward to. Among these are: The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Santana, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Gorillaz, and Iron Maiden. Who’ll win the war of plastic musical instruments is a matter of conjecture as of now. We’ll have a definite answer in September.