updated 04:15 pm EDT, Thu July 31, 2008
Logitech does Guitar Hero
Software publisher Activision and peripheral maker Logitech today announced a joint venture to make premium controllers shaped like instruments for the next installment in the popular video game franchise, dubbed Guitar Hero World Tour. The game is expected to debut this fall, and will be available for the all the popular gaming consoles, including Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and 3, as well as the Nintendo Wii.
The new game will use new controllers, including a more responsive and freshly designed guitar along with a new microphone. The major difference from the current controllers uses will be an all-new electronic drum set, which will include three drum pads, two raised cymbals and a bass kick pedal.
Apart from the new controllers, the game will feature a Music Studio function, where players can compose, record and share their own music, as well an eight-player "Battle of the Bands" mode. Online Band Career options will also be available.
The first Logitech-created premium instruments will arrive in stores later this year, after the game launches, although pricing information is not known.
Activision was recently publicly accused by guitar-maker Gibson for copying the design of its current guitar controller.