For Those About to Rock With Guitar Hero II, We Salute You! RedOctane Announces Fall US Tour Date
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 17, 2006 â Get ready for a rock encore! RedOctaneÂ® announced today that Johnny Napalm and friends will begin touring the US again this Fall in the new videogame âGuitar Hero IIâ¢â. Picking up where Guitar Heroâ¢ left off, Guitar Hero II arrives with a new track list, new venues and additional play modes â including the ability to transform the original Guitar Hero SG Controller into a rhythm, lead or bass guitar.
âGuitar Hero has proved phenomenally successful! Guitar Hero veterans will be able to plug in their Guitar Hero SG Controllers and rock GH II straight out of the box,â said Kelly Sumner, CEO of RedOctane. âWe will really push the envelope with Guitar Hero II. Despite the fact there are many months until release, weâre already implementing exciting features and innovations. This fall weâre going to rock everyoneâs world all over again.â
The top-secret sequel song list remains firmly in the rock domain, pulling from a mix of classic rock, âhairâ metal, heavy metal, modern rock, and alternative titles. More than 55 songs will be featured in the next installment.
Veteran music videogame developer HarmonixÂ® Music Systems has been busy in-studio, enriching this rockstar experience with more features and multiplayer modes. In addition to the traditional head-to-head competition, Multiplayer Co-op Mode allows players to collaborate in order to beat songs, with each guitarist playing a separate guitar track. Available guitar tracks include lead, rhythm or bass tracks, depending upon the song. The Guitar Hero SG Controller used in the first installment will also be compatible with the new game.
Guitar Hero II is the follow-up to 2005âs award-winning release, âGuitar Hero,â which rocked the game industry and garnered a stack of awards including: âBest Offline Multiplayer Game 2005â and âMusic Game of the Year 2005â from IGN.com, and âBest Soundtrack 2005â at the Spike TV Videogames Awards. Recently, it picked up five awards at the D.I.C.E. Summit's Interactive Achievement Awards including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming and Family Game of the Year.
RedOctane has confirmed an early glimpse of the upcoming game will be available during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles next month.
The game that has inspired a nation of wannabe rock stars to achieve video game greatness is scheduled for a new US tour on the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system in November 2006.