Guitar Hero going multiplatform

Activision CEO tells investors to expect RedOctane's hit headbanging series "on every significant new format" starting next year.

When Activision purchased RedOctane earlier this year, it made no secret that it wanted to extend the company's popular Guitar Hero brand, and talked about the series' potential on new platforms. Last month, the company confirmed that it would in fact be bringing out new Guitar Hero games beyond this fall's Guitar Hero 2 on the PlayStation 2, but concrete confirmation that the series would go multiplatform was limited to the realm of rumor.

That changed today as Activision CEO Robert Kotick dropped the news in a speech at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia XV Conference, confirming that the series would be arriving on new platforms next year.

"[Guitar Hero] was a great IP that was really in need of global distribution and the operating efficiencies that we could bring to what was a relatively small company," Kotick said. "The long-term opportunities here include all sorts of product extensions--music downloads that are very high-margin opportunities--and we'll start with the launch of Guitar Hero 2 for the PlayStation 2 this fall. And you can expect next calendar year launches of Guitar Hero on every significant new format."

While Kotick didn't spell it out, the breadth and depth of the publisher's support for the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 certainly suggests that all three of those platforms count as "significant new formats" for the publisher.

To date, the only service with demonstrated music-download functionality is Xbox Live, which is currently featuring pop-ditty warbler Jessica Simpson as its "Artist of the Month." However, at its Electronic Entertainment Expo press conference earlier this year, Sony let it be known that it would be selling songs for the PlayStation 3 edition of its popular karaoke game Singstar on the PlayStation Network Platform.

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the_bacon
the_bacon

Sweet, now everyone can have the awesomeness that is Guitar Hero. My friend with the 360 can have it, my rich cuz with the PS3 can have, and most importantly, I can have it!!! Kickass!!!

Brandon_Greene
Brandon_Greene

Yeah it should stay on the Playstation 2 and 3, If Xbox fan boys want a Guitar Sim, let Bill Gates steal more ideas from Harmonix, he already has from everyone else! Every great PS2 game ends up on another console, well except God Of War, so if this goes to the Wii it will suck, cause well the Wii sucks, if it goes to Xbox they will ruin the game, every Xbox game is overpriced and overhyped. So stick to PS2/3 for the best games!

FPSs_own
FPSs_own

I recently played Guitar Hero 2 on my friend's PS2. I got good at it. I have a Wii. I want it. I'M PUMPED!!!!!!

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

selling songs? hmmm, wonder if this will start to catch on in Japan for the Drummania and Guitarfreaks game

judge__judy
judge__judy

Iv got the PS2 guitar hero but I have a 360 too so they better come up with an adaptor so I can use my PS2 guitar on my 360.

Soldier_Shadow
Soldier_Shadow

why put it on XBOX 360? just put it on XBOX and make the XBOX 360 backwards compatible to the game so more ppl can play it. WII will be great to play GH 3 because I wont buy a PS3 to play it.

Sub-zero421
Sub-zero421

I wish GH was going "MULTI" platform....I dont know if anyone else has noticed...more likely you have, but GH is going to every system, 360, wii, ps3, ps2,.....execpt xbox....why dont they just make it for all systems so that everyone can enjoy it, and not have to go out and buy a new system. I dont understand why?????????!!!!!!!.... * punches computer monitor* >:( ......aaaaaaaahhhhhhh.

-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox
-o-o-o-o-o-o-ox

Nice Ascii art, SM42! As far as Guitar Hero goes, I hope they keep making it for PS2, because at this point, I don't know if I will upgrade. GH is one of the few games I still play. Keep them coming for PS2, Harmonix.:D

friscom99
friscom99

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demonik_360
demonik_360

sweet because im not buying a playstation......unless it came with the deed to playboy mansion!:D

SM42
SM42

Awesome! Now I don't have to miss out on Guitar Hero 3! There was no way I was getting a PS3 ($600! What the f***?!!), so the possibility of a Wii and 360 version puts hope in my heart and put _+88_____________________________ _+880____________________________ _++88____________________________ _++88____________________________ __+880_________________________+++ __+888________________________+888 __++880______________________+888_ __++888_____+++88__________+++8__ __++8888__+++8880++88____+++88___ __+++8888+++8880++8888__++888____ ___++888++8888+++888888++888_____ ___++88++8888++8888888++888______ ___++++++888888888888888888______ ____++++++88888888888888888______ ____++++++++000888888888888______ _____+++++++000088888888888______ ______+++++++00088888888888______ _______+++++++088888888888_______ _______+++++++088888888888_______ ________+++++++8888888888________ ________+++++++0088888888________ ________++++++0088888888____ in my fist!

Hat_of_Joshua
Hat_of_Joshua

Rock on! There was no way I was going to sell my organs for a PS3, so the possibility of it coming to Wii is very exciting. There's no reason for it not to be great for the Wii, the only real complaints I've heard about the Wii are the graphics and the possible gimmicky use of the remote, niether of which matter for Guitar Hero. And Jessica Simpson? Xboxers are lamer than I thought. I lied. I'm not excited to have GH on Wii. More--I'm fully prepared to kill anyone in my way.

madcapper248
madcapper248

IT'S JUST A GAME. I know playing a real guitar is completely different, but it's just about having fun. I do play the trombone and I'm pretty good,(first chair in high school) but this game is just a fun diversion from playing a real instrument.

elemntsk8r111
elemntsk8r111

"£100+ for a real guitar which takes years to learn OR £50 for Guitar Hero which takes minutes to learn. I know which I'd buy." o yeah cuz playing a guitar video game is so much cooler than playing real guitar...:roll:

PeterpunkR
PeterpunkR

guitar hero 3 for wii man i'm dreaming!!!

ChargEd
ChargEd

"£100+ for a real guitar which takes years to learn OR £50 for Guitar Hero which takes minutes to learn. I know which I'd buy." That's because learning to play the guitar requires talent...

kamicolo
kamicolo

I rather be "Sony-selfish" and keep Guitar Hero to Sony. Jessica Simpson as artist of month...um...wow...chyea... Singstar for PS3 should be an interesting service, look forward to it

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Sounds good, but will it really kick off well?

Riorio99
Riorio99

"johndoe1893" lets see, £100+ for a real guitar which takes years to learn OR £50 for Guitar Hero which takes minutes to learn. I know which I'd buy. Wireless controller Wii version!!!

Shreves3716
Shreves3716

Effin right... Let's hope they ship this game out really fast so i dont get the urge to go out right now and buy a PS2. Rock ON!

metaled2912
metaled2912

Guitar Hero is amazing at the first place, world domination by it is even MORE AMAZING! OH YEAH ROCK ON!

yawannataco
yawannataco

show of hands: who thinks they could make this game work w/only the wiimote but that they will still force the guitar down our throats?

Blacksamurai87
Blacksamurai87

Wii Guitar Hero. Rock it out. Add some Nintendo jams, and we have a best seller.

Turisman4
Turisman4

Man, they're really over-expanding Guitar Hero... I really hope it doesn't backfire.

naruto945
naruto945

ok whats wit all of the hostility towards electronics they are just entertainment. besides all of you broke bastards will have to save up for 5 years to buy any of these games any way you no money having broke ass ****

eyet00th
eyet00th

does this mean I can play it on my Gameboy Color?

VicMackey
VicMackey

Imagine a Wii version where you played rock versions of all the classc Nintendo tunes, including the Metroid versions from here: http://www.metroidmetal.com/songs.html Now that underpowered POS dosn't sound so bad, does it??

urdoomed11
urdoomed11

omg yes no need to get a ps2 anymore

Bahiatronic
Bahiatronic

Hope they can port Guitar Hero for PC!!

Soldier_Shadow
Soldier_Shadow

wireless guitars are great because u can play GH behind ur head to make it seem more pro. lol but i agree it should only be on PS2. later on though, it would be good on the WII because i wont buy a PS3 because its way too expensive, even for GHIII

Rokabee
Rokabee

sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!

mitchster_chief
mitchster_chief

Wireless guitar hero controller. Nuf said finally i can rock out with out the limits of cables.

russkie177
russkie177

Hell yes...finally. Oh, and I may be afanboy but I do play the trumpet and the piano. GH is fun. No one ever compared it to a real guitar...

Lordofultima
Lordofultima

Forget Blind Guardian... Have you ever heard of Persuader?

playforpride372
playforpride372

rudy25 how old are you? playing ten years you should be at least 16...

playforpride372
playforpride372

yo, i have been playing guitar for 3 years, and people say i am very good for how long i have played, and i love this game. honestly i would rather play a real guitar, but for people who never played the guitar, this is a great game for you. it teaches you rythm, fingering, and kool songs!

Rudy25
Rudy25

Chirico, your friends dad is a nerd...lol

solsub
solsub

All you fanboys don't deserve to breathe.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

rudy25, Funny you should mention that, my friend's father plays bagpipes professionally and he likened the controls to them. Next game: Bagpipe Hero, hoot man!

monkkito
monkkito

"johndoe1893" What r you 12? What do you think video games are? If what you say its true, why do you play any kind of videogames? Think before putting your foot in your mouth! Now about the Article, its sad for sony losing all exclusives, but great for everyone else, more games 4 the Wii.

Rudy25
Rudy25

I've played guitar for about 10 years now. Far from a pro but I can play ok. Comparing this game to the real thing is just moronic. Cograts to the 360 owners (including myself) for this game to come to be enjoyed by all game lovers. This game is awesome when you have a few people over, who do not know how to play guitar, but can appreciate a good time. A few beers and a few friends is all you need for Guitar Hero to be an awesome experience. Too bad for you close minded a-holes that are just looking for an argument. Guitar Hero is awesome.