Next Guitar Hero due Sept. 19 - Retail Radar

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock due out in three bundles in September according to Amazon and GameStop listings.

In February, Activision said it was throttling back on production of rhythm games for 2010, reducing the release slate to DJ Hero 2 and a single entry in the proper Guitar Hero line. Gamers might have assumed that latter effort would be Guitar Hero 6, but new product listings on GameStop and Amazon.com suggest otherwise.

"Warriors… Come out and pla-aaay!"

According to the retailers, Activision's next foray into the music-game genre will be titled Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock when it is released on September 19. Both outfits have listed three SKUs for Warriors of Rock. They include a Standard version ($60 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii), a Guitar Bundle ($100 for each of the three systems), and a Super Bundle ($180 across the board).

Interestingly, the retailer listings suggest Activision has actually expanded its rhythm game plans from earlier this year. Activision Publishing president Michael Griffith told investors that 2010 would see fewer than 10 stock-keeping units (SKUs) in the Hero franchise, but the Warriors of Rock listings consist of nine SKUs on their own. Even if DJ Hero 2 is only available as a stand-alone game, that would put the SKU count at 12, assuming the record-scratching rhythm game comes out on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.

As for Warriors of Rock, the game's subtitle may give some indication as to the game's direction. In April, KISS frontman Gene Simmons proclaimed himself to be "the voice" of Guitar Hero 6, and with the term Warrior slapped on the game's box, his storied musical career fits snugly into that description. The name also calls to mind Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, the first entry in the series to feature celebrity likenesses in-game.

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MATTHEW820
MATTHEW820

@asm607 1. I'm not a Rock Band fanboy 2. People should care about Kurt Cobain because he was an amazing artist who decided to end his own life for multiple reasons. 3. The reason I'm making an argument like this is because having him play songs by Bon Jovi is not the way he should be remembered.

asm607
asm607

@MATTHEW820 Well, I had ~180 songs on that game, and found it to be quite fun, which to me, makes a good game. Who cares about Kurt Cobain? That doesn't affect the quality of gameplay. Only Rock Band fanboys make an argument like that. Are you a Rock Band fanboy? Also, I'm sure RB3 will, in fact, be better than GHWoR, and I will be buying that too. Hope that clears things up for you.

Predalien3000
Predalien3000

@MrHatnClogs Well, real gamers don't buy rehashes and overpriced DLC as much as clueless casuals do.

score89
score89

When i hear warriors of rock i think, multiple guitar players beating the hell out of each other, just imagine a quadruple pro face up between keith richards, ace freely, angus young and bucket head. -PD. Bring the Grim Ripper back!!

MrBubbles59
MrBubbles59

I wanna see what songs are gonna be in it.

JohnMafia
JohnMafia

Why can't the songs just be released as DLC and add on disc for any of the billion other GH's instead of charging $60 for a "new game"?

Willy-Wilks_777
Willy-Wilks_777

Well all I know is that this one isn't going to be made by Neversoft and I just hope to god they don't have too many modern songs and have more progressive, punk, metal and classic rock. Then I will be happy. If this new Guitar Hero game has a setlist similar to the one in Guitar Hero 2 it will be AWESOME.

BionicBrando
BionicBrando

Quit milking this cow!!!! Everyone already has milk!!!!

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Now that Guitar Hero is in the backseat maybe Activision will make another decent Guitar Hero game.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

while i do prefure guitar hero to rock band there are to many guitar hero games activision have this habbit of milking things cod anyone

Garygok
Garygok

After the overwhelming amount of guitar hero's since gh3 I have tenatively decided to stop buying Guitar Hero games and focus on Rock Band for my rhythm fix. Theres just too much ou tthere and I loke the way Rock Band feels a bit better than GH (not to mention the ION drum rocker I bought for Rock Band that works but is not ideal for the GH's). This is not to say, however, that if the new GH song list is stellar I would still stay away...

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

As long as this is the only Guitar Hero game this year then I'm all for it cause flooding the market will only hurt them in the long run.

rockwii13
rockwii13

I'll buy it just like I'll buy any rhythm for the console.

Darth_Pietrus
Darth_Pietrus

Dude i love gh. As long as the songs are good. for some reason when i hear warriors of rock, i think about manowar...i certainly hope they will have manowar. MANOWAR FTW!! :p

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

People are complaining about Guitar Hero being a cashcow and I am one to agree with that. However Activition isn't the only one to blame here. We should be blaming ourselves for allowing this to happen by buying their junk and the same thing goes to the MW2 map pack. Many people were complaining on this site about the map packs being over priced and yet for some mysterious reason Activision was able to make tons of money off of that.

pine-apple
pine-apple

@beastoz i played guitar for years, but i simply don't get the same enjoyment and satisfaction from playing real guitar as i do playing guitar hero :) i just have more fun. and im super excited about this announcement!

beastoz
beastoz

with this much guitar heroes out people could actually spend money on real guitars and guitar lessons O.O

fi3ldsy
fi3ldsy

@nickythenewt21 ROFL! Couldn't have said it better myself!

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

The cash cow's nipples must be shriveled and small by now for how much they're milking it.

TroubleMaker411
TroubleMaker411

While this is a pretty interesting story, Most people will sit and go "oh, another guitar hero" and that's it. The rhythm game market is flooded. It's the set list that sells the games now. Tell me what songs i get to systematically destroy and i might show a little interest

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

Their response to the rhythm game market being driven into the ground (by themselves no less) is to bludgeon it's pulpy remains? Whatever... Doesn't effect me, never have liked these games.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

Yay, now analysts have something new to complain about due to low sales.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

How could anyone possibly care about more rhythm games?

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

why do they keep releasing bundles when i bet almost everyone who actually will get this game already has a guitar and the other stuff by now??

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

what kind of songs we get to play and how many

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

now we only need to now what song we get to play

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

Breastmilkkk... you make my dayyayyy. Thumbs up if you know where this is from.

firehawk998
firehawk998

One guitar Hero game per year along with DLC for support later on is good. But releasing 15 to 20 Guitar Hero per year is milking a franchise.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Music Maker as a developer? Well can't be worse than how Neversoft trashed GH

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

So Activision releases one game this year that's actually going to be a direct sequel and people are still complaining? Granted, I haven't even considered buying a GH game since World Tour, if this moves things along like RB3 looks to be doing, it'll finally be a relief. P.S.: It also has to make at least a few people happy that Bohemian Rhapsody is supposed to be playable.

FidelSarcastro
FidelSarcastro

You would think with shrinking sales numbers when it comes to the music game genre that they would opt to slow down production instead of flooding a the market with even more music games. Well good for them, ignore the telltale signs and beat the dead horse just a little more.

theindexcard
theindexcard

@ banana5 THAT'S your reason for not buying it?

banana5
banana5

i will not buy this game if it dosen't have a song by system of a down.

13ALUCARD13
13ALUCARD13

my god......hello guitar hero 5000......cause at this rate there will be 5000 guitar hero games release by damn 2020

ACMC85
ACMC85

Well by this point, wouldn't an actual guitar be better.

Mr_arizona
Mr_arizona

GH3, GHWT, GH5, GHWOR good ideas. Aerosmith, Metalica, Van Halen, Band Hero, Smash Hits, DJ Hero bad ideas. Releasing 1 game a year is ok but when you try to sell 4 of the same type of game at the same time you are competing with yourself and that is not smart business. I'm sorry but I don't have $240 to blow on nothing but music games so I must pick 1 so I'm not buying the other 3.

grungeman91
grungeman91

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y0ur_grandma
y0ur_grandma

The milking has got to stop. The music genre of games are boring and Guitar Hero just sucks.

MATTHEW820
MATTHEW820

@asm607 I don't know how you could call that game good. It made a fool of Kurt. And what are they adding? More of the latest pop music? No thanks, I'm gonna stick to RB3 wich is going to have a keyboard.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

i'd buy rock band over guitar hero any day....rock band 3 is on my list not guitar hero

metalkid9
metalkid9

should've been called guitar hero: call of duty: modern warriors of rock