Activision is beefing up the song catalog on its Guitar Hero TV (GHTV) service, which lets players jam along to a selection of curated music videos.
Today, the publisher adds the first of many free content drops to its rhythm game Guitar Hero Live, available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and iOS. New music videos and live footage from Black Veil Brides, Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, and George Ezra are among the first wave of additional content for GHTV, which Activision bills as “the world’s first playable music video network.” Players can expect a total of 70 new tracks on GHTV — including songs from Judas Priest, Iggy Pop, Biffy Clyro, Weezer, Alice in Chains, and System of a Down — by the end of the year.
It’s a generous amount of content that’s free for all players to access, and it’s part of Activision’s plan to keep Guitar Hero Live relevant for the next three years without the need for new physical releases. “It allows us to keep the universe constantly updating, so there can be something new, potentially, every time you turn it on,” Activision’s chief executive officer Eric Hirshberg told Edge magazine earlier this year, explaining that GHTV means Activision “can bring new things to the audience without printing new discs.”
New playable music will generally appear first on GHTV as a Premium Show, which players can access by performing well and achieving three stars on three different tracks in the game. Once the Premium Show period ends, the songs will then join the on-demand catalog (directly accessible by spending in-game tokens, either earned or bought with real money) and later become part of the general GHTV channel rotation.
This weekend, though, all tracks on GHTV will be accessible on-demand for all players in celebration of the new content, starting at 4 a.m. Pacific on Friday.