Aspyr to make Guitar Hero World Tour for Mac and Windows

Peter Cohen, Macworld
26 March, 2009
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Aspyr Media and Activision this week announced that Aspyr will bring Guitar Hero World Tour to the Macintosh. It’s planned for a winter, 2009 release.

Guitar Hero World Tour is a newer installment of the enormously popular Guitar Hero game franchise, in which players — equipped with a special game controller bundled with the software that looks like a guitar — match notes that appear on the screen by tapping buttons and strumming. Aspyr previously released Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith for the Mac and PC.

Guitar Hero World Tour will feature wireless game controllers instead of USB-based wired units, and, for the first time, lets players play other instruments besides guitars — drums are also part of the package, as well as singing. Also highlighted are new online and offline gameplay modes and a “Music Studio” feature which lets players compose and edit their own original rock and roll songs.

Guitar Hero World Tour comes bundled with 86 tracks from artists like The Eagles, Van Halen, Metallica, Michael Jackson and The Doors, and the game features in-game appearances by famous artists like Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Corgan and Travis Parker.

Battle of the Bands is a new feature that lets you and up to seven other players join online and challenge each other band-to-band to figure out who’s on top. Up to four players can jam together, online or offline, as they play through the game. In single-player mode, players can play any of the instruments in-game using controllers.

The game is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.

System requirements and pricing were not announced.

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