Earlier this week, on Oct. 20, we clued you in on the new Guitar Hero Live release, which features a $99 Bluetooth controller to make your play experience more like the console version of the game. You may want to hold off a bit before purchasing the guitar controller, though. Unfortunately, according to TouchArcade, that new guitar controller actually breaks the game.
The way things are supposed to work is that you connect the guitar controller and the game restarts into the “full” version. At that point, you should be able to access all 40 included song titles, along with the more than 200 tracks available on GHTV. That’s how things are supposed to work, but it’s not happening just yet.
Instead, you connect the guitar, the game recognizes it, and then tries to connect to Game Center. Apparently there’s a bug in that process, since the connection is never made. Since Guitar Hero Live requires Game Center to function, the app just sits there waiting for a connection that never comes. TouchArcade points out that this problem happens on multiple versions of iOS, even going back to version 8.0.1.
A commenter on the TouchArcade article, Kai Cherry, points out a possible workaround to keep you playing, at least with the 40 songs in the real band mode of the game. Cherry advises turning of Wi-Fi while you are playing Guitar Hero Live, and states that will resolve the issue. Since I don’t have a controller myself, I can’t test that theory.
For now, I’d advise holding off on purchasing the Guitar Hero Live bundle with the controller, at least until Activision releases an update that fixes the issue. Hopefully, it won’t take long to fix and push through the update. My question is why this wasn’t fully tested before the game was released? I wonder if Activision rushed this game to market for some reason.
If you want to try out the limited version of Guitar Hero Live, you can download it for free on the App Store.