New Guitar Hero In Development? The Series Might Return Soon

It seems Activision is working on bringing back the cult hit series, Guitar Hero. The music game has been on hiatus for a long time but it might be back soon. Earlier this year, Activision, the creator, and publisher of this series filed a patent for what sounds like a brand new Guitar Hero game.

The patent came to light over the weekend along with an image of its guitar mechanics. The patent doesn’t mention Guitar Hero by name but it is pretty obvious what’s discussed in the description. The following Guitar Hero patent was filed at the United States Patent and Trademarks Office on June 27.

Utility Patent Application (A1)

June 27, 2019

Applicants: Activision Publishing, Inc.

Inventors: Michael J. Chrzanowski, Jonathan L. Hilliker, Robert L. Gallerani

A music-based video game provides a user-directed sound generation feature. In some embodiments, the user is provided a video game controller simulating a musical instrument, which the user may operate similarly to its real musical instrument counterpart. A free play feature is provided for users to operate the video game controller, where a processor of a video game console receives input signals from the video game controller and outputs audio samples based on the received input signals. During the free play feature, multiple suggestions as to how to operate the video game controller are simultaneously provided to give users some guidance as to what to play using the video game controller.

It is unclear if this patent is for a brand new Guitar Hero game or is Activision just renewing the existing trademarks and patents. However, this is the very first time we have seen hope in over 4 years for a new game in the Guitar Hero series.