So you think you’ve mastered Guitar Hero Live? You’re kicking tail during Rival Challenges and you think you’re untouchable? Well you’ll find out when you step into a season of Rivals Arena, an exciting new addition to Guitar Hero Live where you’ll use your sickest shredding skills to climb the Divisions.
If you’re unfamiliar with Rival Challenges, check out the Guitar Hero Rival Challenges FAQ first.
The Rivals Arena is a seasonal version of Rival Challenges with divisional rankings and leaderboards. The basic gameplay is similar to a Rival Challenge, however you’ll be matched up with 9 challengers from within your Division where victories allow you to climb in the Divisions.
This is a special dedicated mode. You can only enter the Rivals Arena from the new Rivals Arena option in the GHTV menu. The Rivals Arena lets you play in Channels 1 and 2 against another player in Rival Challenges for Win Tokens that allow you to move up the Divisions. As in the regular Rival Challenge, competitions will be interspersed between ordinary sessions of songs.
Each Arena season lasts about one month, after which players are reset to compete again.
Divisions are a ranking system that acts as both a matchmaking guide and a status reward for players. Everyone begins in Division 20, the lowest Division. The goal for the player is to climb the Division ranks from 20 to 1, the top rank.
Each time you win a Rivals Arena match, you will receive one Win Token. Once you accumulate a certain number of Win Tokens, you will be admitted to the next higher Division. Truly skilled players in Divisions 20-6 who win several matches in a row will be awarded a bonus Win Token, allowing them to climb the ranks faster.
The following chart breaks down the number of Win Tokens required to move up to the next Division:
|Divisions||Win Tokens Required|
The ultimate goal, of course, is to reach Division 1 during a Season.
Yes. You must be Status Level 15 before you can enter the Rivals Arena.
Yes! There a number of rewards for players of all skill levels.
Rivals Arena is available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3. The iOS and Apple TV versions of Guitar Hero Live do not have the Rivals Arena.
Yes. The Rivals Arena will only be available to players who have an Xbox Live Gold or a PlayStation Plus account. Xbox Silver and non-Plus accounts cannot participate in the Rivals Arena.
When players enter the Rivals Arena channels to participate in public online matches, they are automatically divided into groups before being placed in one-on-one matches. They are then selected for matches based on the following criteria:
The primary filter for matchmaking is skill. Matchmaking will try to match you against players who have a similar level of skill.
A secondary consideration is local Internet connection quality, which itself is subject to a number of variables that can have an effect on the matchmaking process. Some factors that can decrease your quality of service include:
Finally, since matchmaking works to find the game with the best connection quality, it will have a much easier time finding high-quality connections when there are more players online in your area. As a general rule, peak usage occurs during the late afternoon and evening hours in each time zone.