Guitar Hero 5 Dated, Out In September

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Activision have unveiled a new website for Guitar Hero 5, in the process confirming not only that the game is returning to a numbered title, but that it has a ballsy new release date.

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And that date is September 1. Cocky! You may have heard, a certain other music title is due out in early September. One that features the Beatles.

Something tells me that the market isn't big enough for both those games. Retail shelves probably aren't, either. We've got ourselves a plastic instrument showdown here, folks, and my money's on the one starring the most popular band of all time.

Those that are still planning on picking up the fifth title in the series, know that the lineup of confirmed artists appearing in the game now includes:

The Rolling Stones
The White Stripes
Kings of Leon
Tom Petty
Bob Dylan
Johnny Cash
Santana
Vampire Weekend
Beastie Boys
Coldplay
Duran Duran
Gorillaz
Jimmy Eat World
Muse
The Raconteurs

DISCUSSION

I almost bought GH:WT for $20, brand new. But I ended up asking for a refund. I simply couldn't let myself do it — nightmares of GH3 plague me, how I simply couldn't enjoy it the way I do GH2 and the RB series. My song count is up to 248 in RB2 now..and all I could think after charging the $20 to my card for GH:WT is "what awesome DLC will come out soon that I'll play a million times more than the poorly desigend note charts of Neversoft's games?" I would accept a new GH game for free, but I can't put a penny towards it when it's better spent towards RB songs.

That said, quality has nothing to do with sales. GH5 will trump the Beatles game, jsut as its inferior predecessors did the same with the previous (and still superior) RB games. People identify with franchises, not critical review and overall quality. Harmonix may be responsible for the beast, but fans are too stupid to be loyal to the visionaries, instead loyal to the name. I expect the sales gap to continue to shrink, but it'll be another generation or two before Harmonix can finally overcome the beast it created, the beast that has been horribly mutated by Neversoft and Activsion.