Guitar Hero 5 Is Backward Compatible

Featuring Johnny Cash

Guitar Hero 5 is coming to the PlayStation 3, the Nintendo Wii, the Xbox 360, the PS2 and some portable devices on September 1, and Activision is counting on the new title in its old series to attract a lot of music lovers with its 85 all new tracks and with the fresh features enabling a better band experience for those who play it. And Activision is now talking about how tracks from games like Guitar Hero World Tour and Smash Hits can be imported into Guitar Hero 5.

The company is saying that a fee will be involved, mainly because of licensing issues, and that not all tracks will be importable initially but more than one hundred songs will be added to the game via this method.

Tim Riley, who is in charge of licensing content at Activision, told IGN that “It's something we've wanted to do for a while now. They are separate licenses, so we need to go back and re-license previous content. So, songs from World Tour, songs from the download space, songs from Smash Hits that will technically work in Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero had to be renegotiated.” It seems other tracks that appeared in older Guitar Hero installments might gradually make their way into the new game in the series.

The publisher is making sure that it includes something to the tracks when bringing them to Guitar Hero 5 with things like vocal star power and all new band moments added to all the old tracks. Players need to be prepared to see that their old techniques for mastering certain songs are no longer working in the new music simulation.

The import feature will only be available on the PS3, the Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. If that is not enough to draw players towards Guitar Hero 5, Activision is also announcing that a model of Johnny Cash will be featured in the game.

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