Guitar Hero II gets November Euro release

Day two of the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival kicks off with a playable version of Guitar Hero II for the public; November UK release date confirmed.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--The second day of Edinburgh's Interactive Entertainment Festival is under way, with playable game demonstrations open to the public. Hosted at the Odeon Cinema on Lothian Road, the event kicked off with the first European showing of Guitar Hero II, at which an official European release date of November was confirmed.

The release is the same month as the US date, although representatives for Red Octane confirmed that the European release would come 'shortly after' the US. However, it's still good news for European gamers, who had to wait nearly six months after the US release of the first Guitar Hero for an April release--although this date does mean that Guitar Hero II will come out a mere seven months after the original in Europe.

At the demonstration, it was confirmed that the finished game will have 55 tracks that will again offer a mix of classic and contemporary music. The game will also up the ante in expert mode with three-fingered chords, and the two-player mode will now have parts for bass and rhythm guitars. It was also confirmed that the original guitars will be compatible with the PlayStation 3. There will also be three new song announcements made tomorrow from the Leipzig Games Convention, so stay tuned to discover what you'll be rocking out to come November.

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_Sam_
_Sam_

I never played the first one. I'm not sure if I'll play this one either

Da_Mainman_3
Da_Mainman_3

Great news for GH2. I've still to master the Hard difficulty on the original, so I'll have to get practicing in time for the Euro release. I would've heard this news myself at the EIEF if I had known how long the presentation was, as then I would've headed to Edinburgh much sooner than I actually did. This year's EIEF didn't really 'kick off'; more like 'disappointed any consumer that had been last year'. Last year's show took place in the EICC, which is practically designed for conventions and presentations. That year I got to run around the showfloor trying out Burnout Revenge, dabbling with some machinima, playing Nintendogs months before release and standing in the queue for Twilight Princess (I didn't quite get to play because I left to see Peter Molyneux's conference on The Movies). When I arrived at the Odeon cinema yesterday, it turned out that the guys from RedOctane had already been and gone. Due to a lack of information from the EIEF website, I assumed that the GH2 presentation would last 2 hours (until the Colin Mcrae presentation) and that I would get to see the 'second half'. It didn't. As if that wasn't bad enough, the Machinima conference that I intended to go to turned out to be for industry members only (Thanks again to the EIEF website for not making that clear). Alarm bells should have gone off in my head when I read that the EIEF was taking place in a CINEMA. There were NO demo booths or game trailers; the best they had to offer was a looping showreel of underground movie trailers and one simple, sound-free machinima movie made on Gary's Mod. This wasn't worth the £20 I spent on the train ticket to get there. I happened to walk into one cinema screen where some Eidos reps were messing around on a PS2 version of Reservoir Dogs, but it was at least 4 hours before they were due to present it. Anyone who plans to attend next year: Make sure that you check what the venue is. It could be the difference between Scotland's E3 and watching demos on a cinema screen.

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Digital-Devil Too bad they dont just put it on next gen consoles Yeah, I'm sure all that graphical ability will really be put to use in a game that's about as graphically intensive as DDR.. And the backwards compatibility is cool and everything, but, meh. Even if its able to be used with a PS3, didn't Red Octane at one point say they wouldn't develop for the PS3? Meaning, I can quite comfortably keep playing my GH games on my PS2, kthx. No huge price-costs for me. (Either way, as soon as it moves to another platform, I'll pick it up. Hoorah for choice.)

fartys
fartys

this is great news as i am a big fan of guitar hero, i was worried that guitar hero 2 wasn't going 2 b released for ages! I just hope they have sum kickass songs!

gigabz666
gigabz666

RE: Steelfan ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- RE: killroycantkill Cool i cant wait to play this game i saw the guns and roses trailers and that looked hard with the 3 button chords i better start praticing up. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wow, just like real guitarists... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well actually, you can play chords across three frets on a guitar which would be similar to playing three buttons on the controller. No the controller is not realistic, but if it was it wouldn't be as accessible as it is, and that is why it's such a popular game.

Eviltwin
Eviltwin

I wanna a PC guitar HERO

t-roland
t-roland

I am looking forward to this game in antisipation.

Digital-Devil
Digital-Devil

Too bad they dont just put it on next gen consoles

SteelFan
SteelFan

RE: killroycantkill Cool i cant wait to play this game i saw the guns and roses trailers and that looked hard with the 3 button chords i better start praticing up. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wow, just like real guitarists...

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

Guitar Controller is compatible with PS3. OWNED!! You may 'claim' you hate SONY all you like, but eventually, a lot of you WILL get PS3's.

killroycantkill
killroycantkill

Cool i cant wait to play this game i saw the guns and roses trailers and that looked hard with the 3 button chords i better start praticing up.

thisissami
thisissami

so i'm assuming that the PS3 is gonna have a little transformer/adapter that sort of looks like the USB thing that you stick in laptops/desktops for wireless mice... it'll be pretty small, just the size of the PS2/Guitar Hero controller end, and it would go inside that and convert the signals to blue-tooth... and i also have this feeling that sony will fix a deal with the company that isn't letting them use rumble...it may end up beeing too much of a loss for them

stiker71
stiker71

Cant wait for this game!

hodayathink
hodayathink

There already is a third party PS2 to USB adapter. I bought one a few years ago to play NBA Live on my PC (it just didn't feel right using a keyboard after playing it on a console for so long).

Reetesh
Reetesh

Its going to release at the time All the next gen consoiles will come to the market! All will be in a shopping frenzy

Alexandre_Palma
Alexandre_Palma

Backward compatibility! That's the name of the game! Way to go!

gigabz666
gigabz666

I'm really happy with the news. It was frustrating waiting for so long for this game to come out in Europe, now we get it close to the same time as the US. I'm wondering though, I heard they were making new controllers for the new game. I wonder if they'll be the same thing, but just different design. Anyway, this is great news, and it's good to hear it'll be compatible with PS3 which I hope I'll be getting around the same time. Although I would like more info on how there will be connectivity like trdstv said.

trdrstv
trdrstv

"It was also confirmed that the original guitars will be compatible with the PlayStation 3." How? Will there be a USB to PS2 controller adapter?

Dafdiego777
Dafdiego777

Looks like my favorite game is slowly coming together.

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

I still havent satisfied myself on the first Guitar Hero but im definitely going to get this one too. Lets Rock!

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Awesomeness. Shame I couldn't be in Edinburgh this week, but I'm kinda busy down here in the North-west of England. Those three songs had better kick-ass, or else there's going to be some serious weeping going on.

Caddy
Caddy moderator

Thats brilliant. For guitar hero we had to wait for ages for it after the Usa has theirs.

shasam712
shasam712

Awsome. I can't wait for the three new songs tomorrow, that's more important.

damariofan
damariofan

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