Now this is exciting news. Activision and Red Octane have just announced a follow-up to the popular Guitar Hero series called Piano Hero. The game comes with more of a keyboard than a piano, but the instrument will allow players to emulate their favorite piano players in such classics as Elton John's "Your Song", Billy Joel's "Piano Man", Alicia Keys' "Fallin" and Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire." As you can see, the variety of great piano tracks over the years of rock music will be vast. In all, 45 songs are expected to come with the game, with more available via download later. The game will be released for XBox 360, PS3 and the Wii.
"Considering how much players loved our Guitar Hero series, we looked for ways to expand the franchise. We developed Guitar Hero Aerosmith, which will detail the rise of the band through the last four decades, for release this summer and we branched out even further with Piano Hero, which is targeted for an April 2009 release date," said Red Octane spokesman Tim Collier.
Further thinking of ways to expand into the music industry, Collier said that Red Octane is considering a "Cowbell Hero" game. Beyond including Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper", Collier said he wasn't sure which songs would be included in this sure to be awesome game.
"Cowbell Hero" is tentatively scheduled for release on April 1, 2010, following the release of "Piano Hero" on April 1, 2009.