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‘Guitar Hero’ is Almost 20 Years Old, Game Boss Reveals ‘Reemergence’ is Coming

‘Guitar Hero’ is Almost 20 Years Old, Game Boss Reveals ‘Reemergence’ is Coming

With the 20th anniversary of Guitar Hero just around the corner, there have been reports that revival of the iconic video game is now in the works. 

According to Windows Central, Bob Kotick of Activision, the studio that brought the world Guitar Hero, hinted that game may be heading towards to revamping by both Activision and Xbox. He told James Corden of Gavin & Stacey, “A big part of what I’ve seen in Microsoft is research. And they do development in areas that are extraordinary. And so being able to tap into their AI and machine learning capability, the data analytics, new ways of thinking about graphics — I just see unlimited potential for what we do,” Kotick declared. “We’re uniquely situated as a company because we have the very best franchises in all of video games.”

Kotick went on to reflect about the next decade of Activision products. That was when he name dropped Guitar Hero and the popular video game’s future. “The re-emergence of Guitar Hero and other things would not be possible without the different types of resources. And so, you know, just the endless possibilities for the future that are just incredibly exciting.”

However, Kotick only shared that little tidbit about Guitar Hero before signing off. Guitar Hero is described as a music rhythm video game that was first released in 2005. The game’s players use a guitar-shaped controller to perform hit songs. The players would be playing hit songs from famous rock stars, including Ozzy Osbourne, Kurt Cobain, Billy Morgan, and Jimi Hendrix. The game was so popular that it had two other spinoffs, they are DJ Hero and Band Hero. 

Activision’s Bobby Kotick Previously Said He Wants Xbox to Revive ‘Guitar Hero’ & ‘Skylanders’ 

In early 2022, Bobby Kotick reflected on the possibility of both Guitar Hero and Skylanders being revived by Xbox. 

“I wanted to make a new Guitar Hero for a while” Kotick stated at the time to Gamebeat. “But I don’t want to add teams to do manufacturing and supply chain and QA for manufacturing. And the chip shortages are enormous. We didn’t really have the ability to do that.”

Kotick also said that he had a really cool vision for what the next Guitar Hero was going to be like. However, he realized he and his Activision team need more resources to do so. “And Skylanders too. One of the great disappointments of my career is that other people came in and they came out with crappy alternatives. And they dumped all of these crappy alternatives in the market, and basically destroyed the market for what was a really cool future opportunity.”