Guitar Hero is one of the most iconic game franchises of all time. Harmonix and Red Octane initially came up with the concept of repurposing the dance mat style of gameplay for music fans, and it was an unprecedented hit. Since Guitar Hero in 2005, there have been six other games in the main series. Two of these were released quickly after the first. There have also been numerous expansions, spinoffs, and related games. However, the series went into hiatus in 2015, and there is no sign that it is set to return. Can gamers dream of a new release on the Xbox Series X?
Franchise Went Into Hiatus in 2015
After being an ever-present game across multiple generations of consoles for a decade, the Guitar Hero franchise went into hiatus in 2015 after the release of Guitar Hero Live. The game was lauded for its reinvention of the series, as it provided players with an immersive experience that made them feel as though they were playing on stage. However, due to it failing to sell as well as Activision had hoped, the publisher laid off half of the developers from the studio that created it, FreeStyleGames.
There had been plans for other instalments in the series after Guitar Hero Live, as this game was supposed to act as a soft reboot. It was due to take the franchise in a new direction, with a greater focus on live stage shows. Many loyal fans will have been disappointed that this never came to fruition, and they could still be holding out hope that there will be a new game on the current Xbox.
Still a Huge Market for Rock Games
Despite the fact that the latest release in the series was a flop, there is still clearly a huge market for rock games. Across various genres, titles that draw inspiration from well-known rock acts can be found. One of the top free slots online is Kiss: Shout it Out Loud from WMS. Players can access it for free by playing it through their browser without having to download any software. If they enjoy it, they can then think about playing for real money. The Kiss game is one of many online slots that feature rockers, with Motorhead and Guns N’ Roses also having been immortalised on the reels in recent times.
AntVentor, the first short chapter of the AntTrilogy series about an ant and his unusual adventures in a realistic macroworld, is now available to pre-order digitally on Xbox One & Xbox Series X/S via the Xbox Store.
Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if you were the size of an ant? The main character is an inventor ant. Despite his small size, he has a big dream. He lived a simple life, until you showed up, broke his mechanism and ruined his plans. Now you have to do whatever it takes to help Florantine not only return to his life, but also fulfill his long-cherished dream. Together you will overcome difficulties and have many adventures, which are just beginning in this first chapter.
AntVentor is available for digital pre-order and pre-download on the Microsoft Store today for US$/€6.99, and will be official launched for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles on April 23rd, 2021.
Roguelike dungeon-crawler Dungeon And Gravestone is now available for digital pre-order and pre-load on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Flimsy first look, full of hidden depth in reality! Dungeon RPG where you die many times. Death and resurrection, death and resurrection. There is a world full of grief and sadness, were only end of life is certain. In this world, there is a city where people take annihilation for granted, and this city is grim like an empty shell. Who am I? Awakened from deep slumber you found yourself in a city destined to be devoured by Demon King of Death. There was only one road leading outside of it, straight into the dungeon entrance. The gates were open. A terrifying place where blood is steadily sucked out of you and eventually you cannot escape death's embrace. Is it possible that dungeon changes shape with each dive? Can you challenge the maze with various traps and return safely? Can the world be saved? Dive into dungeons, get items, strengthen your equipment and aim for lower layers. Collect food, complete quests and even fish for your life! Engage in fierce boss battles! Life in the dungeon sure is risky but it's super fun too! A mysterious world where not only dungeons but even towns change their appearance. You are the one to solve the mystery of the dungeon!
Dovetail Games announced today that Bassmaster Fishing 2022, the biggest bass fishing video game ever made, is currently in development for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC via Steam. Check out the official trailer!
Scott Martin, professional angler and host of ‘The Scott Martin Challenge,’ is working closely with Dovetail Games to help create this exciting new simulation title and will be featured prominently throughout the game and its career modes. Martin’s story of joining the B.A.S.S. tour and fulfilling his family’s legacy is well known in the fishing world and soon players will be able to see if they have what it takes to become a bass master. More information about the new technology and features being added to Bassmaster Fishing 2022 to enhance immersion and deliver an authentic angling experience will be announced in the coming months.
Jon Rissik, CEO of Dovetail Games says: “Partnering with a prestigious organization like Bassmaster and an elite angler like Scott Martin is incredibly exciting, especially for our passionate team of anglers creating the game. The expertise, experience, and knowledge of Bassmaster and Scott will help ensure a fantastic and authentic sports fishing experience. We are also thrilled to announce that we are title sponsor of the forthcoming Bassmaster Elite Event taking place on the Sabine River in Orange, Texas between April 8 and 11.’’
Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S. is just as excited; “B.A.S.S. remains at the forefront of promoting fishing and reaching out to new and younger audiences. We are incredibly excited to be partnering with Dovetail Games on the Bassmaster Fishing 2022game and we can’t wait to see our tournaments and anglers featured in-game. Having the official video game as the title sponsor for the Elite event at the Sabine River demonstrates how successful this partnership is going to be.”
Wardens Rising, a PvE co-op action that has us defending bases against gargantuan assaults, MOBA-style, is heading to Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5 and PC.
In Wardens Rising you will play as heroes in an elite fighting force assembled to save humanity from massive invasions by interdimensional enemies. An action-packed coop PvE MOBA-like experience of sorts, Wardens Rising gameplay is a mix of action hero shooter and base defense, where player heroes must protect energy cores across the realm from 100’s enemies in a single battle by using their special abilities, building and upgrading defense towers, and deploying tactical items on-the-fly. Between invasions heroes can upgrade their abilities and stats as well as unlock and upgrade new content to equip in their technology loadout. The isometric perspective helps you see what’s happening in battle with the invading enemy forces as well as to plan the best location to build defense towers and deploy tactical items liketraps, walls, healing, teleporters and more!
Let's take a look at the official trailer!
Each Warden hero class has a set of special abilities, core ranged attack and an “ultimate” + their customizable loadout of technology that includes towers, items, and a SPEC companion – all of which can be upgraded. Currently 6 classes are planned for initial release including a Soldier, Elemental Master, Shinobi, Engineer, Hunter, and one that is TBA. You can upgrade your hero's core statistics and abilities overtime with victory points that you earn through success in defeating invasions. The game encourages experimentation with various combinations of SPEC, towers, and items configured in your loadout based on the map, invasion, game mode, or your personal preference. In addition to special abilities, all Wardens can dodge, sprint, jump and glide through the air with their personal energy reserve. The jump + glide feature is unique for a game with an isometric camera view, gives heroes a tactical advantage, and is loads of fun to do while blasting enemies from the air!
Independent games publisher Versus Evil in partnership with multi award-winning development studio Mad About Pandas today announced that the atmospheric first-person mystery game, Hitchhiker - A Mystery Game, is arriving on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on April 15th. The game was launched on Apple Arcade last month.
Hitchhiker is a mystery game set along lost highways, where your goal is to solve the puzzle of your own backstory. As a hitchhiker with no memory or destination, you catch a series of rides across a strange and beautiful landscape, tracking the mysterious disappearance of a person close to you. Piece together their memories by catching rides with strangers across the country who provide clues to your character’s past and solutions to various environmental puzzles.
The narrative-driven interactive gameplay revolves around five distinct Hitch-hiked rides players take trying to recover lost memories through dialogue with an eclectic mix of drivers, each with their own quirky character traits.
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