In some ways Neversoft, the developer taking over from Guitar Hero creator Harmonix, has it easy. That particular ball is already rolling along smoothly and the series is a big hit for Activision. Now all Neversoft has to do with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is keep it going.
But it's not quite so easy. All sorts of things can go wrong in game development, and the chances of this happening are even higher when there's a completely new team at the controls, one that's never made a music game before.
"The last thing we want is for anyone to go, 'Neversoft came and they screwed it up,'" says Alan Flores, the lead designer on Legends of Rock at Activision's in-house team. "We were totally worried about that and we wanted to make it kick ass."