Get ready to get button riffing team, as one of the big dogs in gaming has hinted at a new, futuristic version of Guitar Hero.
Activision, the game’s publisher since 2006, is set to be bought out by Microsoft this weekend. During a leaked final meeting with employees, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick hinted that Microsoft’s technological capabilities could mean a return of the beloved video game series.
“A big part of what I've seen in Microsoft is research,” Kotick said, as reported by Windows Central. “And they do development in areas that are extraordinary."
"And so being able to tap into their AI and machine learning capability, the data analytics, new ways of thinking about graphics — I just see unlimited potential for what we do.”
"The re-emergence of Guitar Hero and other things would not be possible without the different types of resources and so, you know, just the endless possibilities for the future that are just incredibly exciting."
Kotick also said that the way players connect with video games could also completely change by incorporating AI.
"If you look at the new technologies that are on the horizon, we're going to be able to do things that we've never done before with AI and machine learning."
"The quality of graphics is now elevated to a place where we're going to need more writing talent and more acting talent — because we won't be able to actually fulfil the expectations of our players."
“In film and television, you are successful by creating a connection that's emotional between you and the audience — our experiences are more visceral, but it's changing.”
“We have characters on the screen and video games who with mouth movements and facial animation that is realistic — you're going to have a new dimension of emotional connection that we've not yet mastered."
So nothing’s confirmed yet but old mate definitely hinted at a crazy new era of strumming and solos only you and the TV can hear