E3 2007: Activision Partners With Gibson, Guitar Controllers and New Details Revealed for Guitar Hero III

Activision and Gibson Guitar Corp. have announced an exclusive partnership today that will see Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock featuring Gibson’s premium brands and shapes, both in game via over 20 classic and modern guitars and more than 80 finishes and in the wireless controller models that will be available across the game’s multi-platform versions. The in-game guitar models will include the following:

Gibson:
– ES-335
– Explorer
– Firebird
– SG
– Les Paul
– V-Factor
– Super CES400
– Marauder
– Corvus

Epiphone:
– Casino
– Coronet
– Sheraton

Kramer:
– 650
– Vanguard

Bass Guitars:
– Marauder
– Corvus
– Les Paul
– LP Double Cutaway
– EDS 1275
– ES335
– Firebird
– Flying V
– Moderne
– SG
– X-Plorer

As for the wireless guitar controllers, the Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii versions of Guitar Hero III will feature Gibson’s Les Paul model while the PS2 version will offer the classic Kramer guitar, and each will come with innovative new features, such as removable faceplates and a new button color design. Check out these images of each version’s controller:

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“Our relationship with Activision began with the launch of Guitar Hero over two years ago. Since then the game has had phenomenal success and many other makers have tried to compete with its popularity,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We have combined the power of Gibson with the power of Activision to produce one of the greatest games ever for consumers. We are sure game enthusiasts around the world will quickly make Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock a huge success.”

“We’re thrilled at our exclusive partnership with Gibson, and their presence as one of the most iconic and influential companies in the music industry wholly adds to the Guitar Hero rock star experience,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane. “Also, being able to offer official Gibson shaped wireless guitar controllers for the first time on each platform, and to unlock a variety of the different models to play in-game, will provide our fans the incredible opportunity to truly shred like rock gods.”

A few new details regarding Guitar Hero III‘s content have been released today as well. According to today’s release, the game will feature a new multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, boss battles, exclusive unlockable content and expanded online multiplayer modes. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is due out this fall.

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