Harmonix comments on Guitar Hero’s cancellation

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Yesterday we received some bad news regarding the Guitar Hero Franchise from Activision, which left Harmonix as the only music instrument peripheral using music game maker in the business at the moment. Or at least the only main stream company. Now Harmonix has issued a statement regarding the fact that Guitar Hero has now found itself in the game franchise graveyard.

Harmonix’s John Drake commented on the Rock Band forums about the closure saying:

We were sad to hear yesterday that Activision was discontinuing development on Guitar Hero. Our thoughts are with those who are losing their jobs, and we wish them the best of luck.

The discontinuation of Guitar Hero is discouraging news for fans of the band game genre. As retail sales of Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles have slowed with time, we’ve been focused on building a robust digital platform for music gaming and have recently crested 2,500 songs available for play within Rock Band 3.

He went on to say that Rock Band would continue as a franchise and that they thought of Activision’s Guitar Hero as a battle of the bands but now that they are gone they are keeping their eyes to the future. This is good news considering the fact that, as he said, the music game shine has faded over the years, but at least one company will continue to support fans.

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  • Cellophane Girl

    With the RBN 2.0 launching and all the amazing DLC that Harmonix puts out, I hope they hang around for a long time. I think for the most part they are doing things the right way (with the exception of RB: Greenday).
    The fact that I can just put in ONE game and have access to so many songs is a plus in my book. I can’t tell you how many times I have put in a GH game only to go “oh man I know what song I want to play” and then have to change discs to play what I wanted.

  • v8hilux

    i personallly prefer guitar hero, a lot heavier music and the quality of the equipment far outshines what you get with rock band, which i think naming wise is very loose given the type of music available. The GH problem was the limited number of songs plus the continuation of trying to milk it with about 4 or 5 different guitars over their time. Shame to see it go, hopefully some newbees will step up!

    • Cellophane Girl

      I do prefer the GH X-plorer guitar over any other guitar. Thankfully it works with RB. I have 3 of them. They are the best guitar controller around. Some of the other GH guitars are kind of iffy. And the RB guitars are a little to big for my tiny girl hands.

      I might get a WoR guitar when they go on clearance, because I know they will. They are supposed to be smaller, so that works for me.

      Oh and the original SG controller is awesome as well.

      I think I’m just a harmonix fan, because I prefer the first 2 GH games over the rest. Though 3 is pretty close (if only it didn’t have the stupid battles).

      • v8hilux

        i played on the full rb kit when it came out and just found the equipment to be really tacky, it felt cheap n nasty compared to the gh gear. like the drums for instance, the gh ones you could really wack and get into it but everytime i hit the rb drums it felt like i was damaging them.

        • Cellophane Girl

          Yeah the RB1 drums broke pretty easily. They fixed them and made them much better with RB2.
          My friend broke about 5 sets of RB1 drums.
          My RB1 drums still work for me, but I don’t really wail on them or anything.
          Haven’t played on the GH drums. I don’t have room for another set of drums, and when it comes time to get a new set I’ll just go with whatever is cheaper I think. Though it’ll probably be RB drums since I play that more often.

          I really think the reason i prefer RB is I like to sing and I have a really varied range of musical tastes, so RB works better for me.

  • jaypea360

    Harmonix begins to lick lips. Surely they will benefit from GH ending, good to see they had some kind words to say about their main enemy though.

    • Cellophane Girl

      Hopefully they wont get lazy because there’s no real competition anymore. Though I don’t see that happening, harmonix is all about the music.

      • v8hilux

        if anything it might open the door for them to get more heavier tracks on their, then they might get hold of the customer base gh is leaving behind.

        • Cellophane Girl

          With the creation of RBN there have been a lot of great heavy tracks put out through it. Not really well know artists, but like you said hopefully now RB will put some heavier stuff out as official DLC.

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