Guitar Hero was so immensely standard that, between it and its rival Rock Band, the plastic instrument rhythm sport scene collapsed, petering out as shortly because it took off. We have not seen a model new entry for about eight years. It is type of good, as a result of it means we do not have guitar-shaped controllers taking over area anymore. However, it is also kinda unhealthy, as a result of these video games are superior. Activision’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, seemingly agrees, if current feedback are something to go by.
He lately referred to as an all-hands assembly to debate the way forward for his firm, which is near being acquired by Microsoft for almost $70 billion. The assembly goes over topics corresponding to Activision’s journey to date, retaining firm tradition post-buyout, machine studying and AI, and the necessity to rent extra writers and actors to satisfy participant expectations.
When speaking about future expertise, corresponding to VR, Elon Musk’s Neuralink, and AI techniques, Kotick goes on to speak about Microsoft’s heavy funding in analysis, and the way that may assist Activision in the long run. For instance, he brings up Guitar Hero, making it sound just like the franchise is on its means again. “The re-emergence of Guitar Hero and different issues wouldn’t be attainable with out the various kinds of sources,” he mentioned. “And so, you understand, simply the infinite prospects for the long run which are simply extremely thrilling.”
As VGC factors out, Kotick additionally talked about Guitar Hero at a earlier assembly earlier within the 12 months, the place he talked about how AI might have a “profound optimistic influence” on sport growth.
“If you happen to take an instance of a factor like Guitar Hero, I’ve all the time had this imaginative and prescient for what a brand new Guitar Hero product might be, however with out having AI […] after which the processors embedded both in telephones, in computer systems, or in sport consoles, that help you even have the velocity of processing to allow that AI, we’ve by no means been in a spot the place AI goes to have sensible actuality and applicability for video games till now,” he mentioned.
So, it isn’t a capital C affirmation of a brand new Guitar Hero, nevertheless it does seem to be the collection is one thing he is eager to deliver again in some vogue.
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