Are you ready to rock again? Today, RedOctane announced that Johnny Napalm and friends will begin their sophomore tour across the US this fall in Guitar Hero II, the sequel to the company's best-selling guitar-based music game.

Picking up where Guitar Hero left off, Guitar Hero II arrives with a new track list, new venues and additional play modes–including the ability to transform the original Guitar Hero SG Controller into a rhythm, lead, or bass guitar.

"We will really push the envelope with Guitar Hero II," said Kelly Sumner, CEO of RedOctane, "Despite the fact there are many months until release, we're already implementing exciting features and innovations. This fall we're going to rock everyone's world all over

The top-secret sequel song list remains firmly in the rock domain,
pulling from a mix of classic rock, hair metal, heavy
metal, modern rock, and alternative titles. More than 55 songs will
be featured in the next installment.

Veteran music videogame developer Harmonix Music Systems has
been busy in-studio, enriching this rockstar experience with more
features and multiplayer modes. In addition to the traditional
head-to-head competition, Multiplayer Co-op Mode allows players to
collaborate in order to beat songs, with each guitarist playing a
separate guitar track. Available guitar tracks include lead, rhythm
or bass tracks, depending upon the song. The Guitar Hero SG
Controller used in the first installment will also be compatible with
the new game.

Guitar Hero II for the PlayStation 2 is scheduled for release in November 2006.

RedOctane has confirmed an early glimpse of the upcoming game will
be available during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los
Angeles next month. We'll bring you a full report then.