USA Today has revealed the first batch of songs and details on Activision‘s recently announced Guitar Hero 5, due this Fall.
The game, releasing on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS2 and Wii, will sport three instruments, and tracks from 85 bands. Around 30 of those bands are going to be “making their music-rhythm video game debut,” says Activision. Some of the bands in the game include Johnny Cash, Santana, Bob Dylan, and more. Here’s what Activision’s provided so far.
- Johnny Cash – “Ring of Fire”
- Santana – “No One To Depend On (Live)”
- Bob Dylan – “All Along the Watchtower”
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Runnin’ Down a Dream”
- Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk”
- The White Stripes – “Blue Orchid”
- The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”
- Kings of Leon – “Sex on Fire”
- Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
- Iron Maiden – ?
“We have a lot of new indie artists as well and Iron Maiden as more classic rock or heavy metal,” said Guitar Hero 5 director Brian Bright. “We’ve been trying to get the White Stripes and they have finally come around.”
In addition, GH5 will be compatible with the downloadable tunes for last year’s Guitar Hero World Tour, with Activision vowing that the songs “will automatically be updated to include all of the upgrades and enhancements of Guitar Hero 5.”
Guitar Hero 5 will allow gamers to play the same instrument in game instead of one man on drums and one on guitar. Now you can have two on guitar, which was an unavailable option in previous Guitar Hero games.
A new party mode is also intact. “You can load up playlists with your favorite songs and just let that run and people can jump in when they want and the music never stops,” explained Bright.
“This is a perfect mode for parties,” he noted, adding that players can change instruments or difficulty mid-son. “If you played any of our previous games, getting into a game is kind of a pain especially with multiple people with different instruments.”
Activision’s released two new screenshots. Check them out at the gallery.
New party modes arriving for ‘Guitar Hero’ encore [USAToday via Shacknews]