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Guitar Hero Live will let you sing, too

Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Guitar Hero Live will allow players to sing as well as play guitar, developer FreeStyleGames confirmed today in a behind-the-scenes video.

If you plug in a microphone, a lyrics module will appear in the in-game interface above the note highway, and you can start singing along. Asked for further details, a representative for Guitar Hero Live publisher Activision told Polygon that the game does score the vocals, although it does so separately from the guitar: "Vocals don't affect the guitarist and the singer is scored individually," the spokesperson explained.

The developer diary, which you can watch above, also includes additional information about Guitar Hero Live, such as details about its career mode's two festivals, its always-on Guitar Hero TV component and its progression system.

Guitar Hero Live will be the first Guitar Hero title in five years; the most recent entry in the franchise was 2010's Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Every console Guitar Hero game from 2008's Guitar Hero: World Tour onward offered full-band play — guitar, bass, drums and vocals — but Guitar Hero Live will only include guitar and vocal gameplay. On the other hand, Rock Band 4 will maintain that franchise's full-band experience, which the original Rock Band introduced in 2007.

Guitar Hero Live is set for release Oct. 20 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is also coming to select mobile devices.