Footage of Guitar Hero IV, someone tells Activision CEO it’s called Rock Band

Are you sitting down? What we have here is the extremely awkward first footage of Activision’s and Neversoft’s Guitar Hero World Tour. Speaking at the All Things Digital 6 conference, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick introduced the game for the first time, bringing out Paula Abdul to clap, and Tony Hawk to play guitar.

This footage brings the official confirmation of a few things. One, Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way?” is indeed a playable song. Two, the gameplay sure does look and vibe a hell of a lot like Rock Band (which is not a bad thing). And three, Paula Abdul can’t go anywhere with out her meds. 

Most hilarious is the following exchange between Kotick and interviewer Kara Swisher:

Kotick: We have a new product coming out in the fall called Guitar Hero World Tour, which is the first time you’ll have multiple instruments — drums, mic, bass, a different guitar …

Swisher: It’s called Rock Band, I think. 

Kotick (after a slight pause): We’re calling it Guitar Hero World Tour.


[Via Joystiq]

Nick Chester