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'Guitar Hero' Franchise To Relaunch In the Future

According to a report from Engadget, the previous reports of the demise of the video game franchise Guitar Hero may have been greatly exaggerated.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said that the game was being reinvented for a more modern audience. "We're going to take the products out of the market," he said, "and we're not going to tell anybody what we're doing for awhile...we're going to use new studios and reinvent Guitar Hero. And so that's what we're doing with it now."

As we reported yesterday, Kotick admitted in the same interview that Led Zeppelin had refused the franchise use of its music for their games, despite the band being among the most requested from players of the game.

What do you think? Is Guitar Hero good for inspiring young musicians to pick up the real thing or not? How could they improve on it? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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Josh Hart is a former web producer and staff writer for Guitar World and Guitar Aficionado magazines (2010–2012). He has since pursued writing fiction under various pseudonyms while exploring the technical underpinnings of journalism, now serving as a senior software engineer for The Seattle Times.