Windows Central reported on a recently held internal employee meeting between Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and Activision Blizzard employees detailing a surprise host and the name dropping of a dormant franchise.
“Activision CEO Bobby Kotick called an all-hands meeting with Activision-Blizzard-King staff today, hosted by none other than James Corden,” Jez Cordon of Windows Central reported.
“During the meeting, Kotick reminisced about Activision’s journey from independent, to being under Vivendi, and then to becoming a publicly traded company. Kotick also discussed future tech, namechecked Guitar Hero, and hinted about what the future of ABK’s partnership with Microsoft may look like.”
Reported Activision Employee Meeting Spurs Rumors of New Guitar Hero
Xbox’s potential acquisition of Activision Blizzard has long been the topic of conversation in gaming over the past year. Though, this new report from Windows Central brings to light the possible return of Guitar Hero.
The music rhythm franchise first debuted in 2005 with gamers (myself included) clamoring for that guitar peripheral. There have been multiple entries in the franchise including spin-offs, a mobile release and even arcade cabinets. The last entry in the franchise, Guitar Hero Live, was released in 2015 to generally positive reviews as the franchise moved away from the five-color button controllers to a six-button that emulated frets on a guitar. The genre expanded from the original release to include Rock Band and its sequels, DJ Hero and more.
Many might’ve moved on from the music rhythm genre, but there’s still that hardcore community. While no exact mention of a specific sequel was mentioned, Corden’s report details how Kotick talked about how Microsoft’s acquisition could aid with the resurgence of Guitar Hero.
Fans of the franchise would certainly welcome a new entry, especially if it provides something new and fresh to the genre.