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.