Activision announced that there won't be an annual sequel to Guitar Hero Live, as we get a special, behind the scenes dev diary from FreeStyle Games.

With the announcement of Guitar Hero Live last week still fresh in our minds, a few fans are wondering if this new franchise direction will see annual releases like it did before, worried that doing so would once again create disinterest due to yearly music games saturating the market. Activision has addressed this question quickly and firmly, telling Game Informer that there are no plans for a Guitar Hero game in 2016. Phew.

Activision senior direct of product management Tyler Michaud addressed the question as perfectly as we fans could ever hope he would, saying "It is not in our plan to put out a new disc in 2016. When you look at what Guitar Hero Live's GHTV can do, we can bring you that new content and new ways to play without having to ship you a new disc." That sound you hear is legions of Guitar Hero fans rejoicing in the streets.

So far, Activision has played the extended dormancy of Guitar Hero perfectly, keeping the game out of the spotlight for five years, re-launching with a brand new direction and promising to not run it into the ground again. The publishing giant seems to have learned from their past mistakes and are willing to try a new approach that will keep them in the hunt with their competitors instead of lagging behind. If it works, then Guitar Hero could see a brand new life at the top of the sales charts. We're just worried that launching both Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4 around the same time would hurt each other's sales.

We'll see just how successful they are when Guitar Hero Live launches this Fall for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.