Guitar Hero DLC draws to a close

Activision puts rhythm franchise "on vacation until further notice" with this week's launch of April track packs.

In February, Activision pulled the plug on its Guitar Hero franchise, saying it would no longer release downloadable content for the rhythm game franchise after month's end. However, the company quickly backtracked on that proclamation, giving the series a temporary reprieve to thank fans for their continued support of the Hero games.

Better to burn out or fade away?

That reprieve lasted less than two months, as Activision social media manager Dan Amrich this week confirmed on the PlayStation Blog that the franchise had officially begun its hiatus.

"With the release of April's downloadable Track Packs, Guitar Hero as a franchise goes on vacation until further notice," Amrich wrote. "Some are sad to see it go, others happy--but of course, the music lives on. Those games and guitars are in your collection, and it's easy enough to fire them up whenever you want to feel like a guitar hero. Long live rock."

While it's unclear how long the vacation Amrich referred to will last, the Guitar Hero series likely isn't going away forever. Earlier this week, Activision VP of developer relations and acquisitions Dan Winters went on the record saying the series isn't being canceled, "We're just not making a new one for next year; that's all."

For more on the last installment of the series (for now), check out GameSpot's review of Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

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105 comments
jiginla12
jiginla12

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jiginla12

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aryeec
aryeec

@SDSkarface I concur!

neosantana
neosantana

I can't believe that hundreds of people came to this page to diss Guitar Hero, It's a great franchise with endless hours of fun.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

Only bought 1 GH DLC and that was Death Magnetic, Activision better come back with a Rock Band worth DLC plan

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

and what was the last pack of songs released?? Hmm GS doesn't say

Hezzron73
Hezzron73

Awwww...Now what am I supposed to spend my monies on?

pokecharm
pokecharm

this is like some confused on-again, off-again relationship - do they have inter-office memos or something not making their rounds? With this sort of fickleness, I wonder if the government is running this company!

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

I'd say I'm sad to see it go but then again, the GH DLC was so half-assed compared to Rock Band's it wasn't even funny.

mtait01
mtait01

I found Guitar Hero DLC way too expensive if im being honest... What would I rather have, 4 new GH hero songs or a new downloadable game...

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

Erm...this probably already been said but... " I'll be back. "

frodo10
frodo10

This is what happens activision when you try and milk a good game by producing expansion packs disgusied as sequles, if they actually brought something new to the games and put some time between each game this wouldnt have happened

Andy9Beans
Andy9Beans

@Phil-teh-Pirate Off-topic I know, but I really don't think Metallica NEED to leech money from anywhere! This GH-hiatus is quite funny as it's very rock'n'roll, I'm expecting the drum kit to follow a solo project whilst the mic goes in and out of rehab because nobody likes him. They'll eventually reform but use the Singstar mic as a replacement, but eventually fire her because she's always belting out teeny-pop lyrics over the riffs ;)

StickRox
StickRox

The one thing I hate about the GH vs RB is the fact that the drum controllers are different and so for a person who mainly plays the drums, if I were to get rock band now i would need to get the whole set again because you cant just get the drum controller ==". Also in Australia we didn't get RB2 and also since guitar hero 5, you could play any combination of instruments and to my knowledge you still cant do this in RB3? So I for one will miss guitar hero and WoR was easily the best guitar hero to date.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

And with this... Metallica realise they might have to make a new album and stop leaching off selling Enter Sandman and Whiskey in the Jar tracks on Guitar Hero.

SnakeEatinBeans
SnakeEatinBeans

Quick, separate the Call of Duty herd from the GH herd before...aw hell let 'em fall off the side of the cliff too. (we've been milkin' those cows bone dry for years now)

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

@neosantana Since Guitar Hero is in the hands of Activision, it'll forever stay the same. System of a Down, however, is superb and of course they will come back stronger when they reunite this year. So, don't compare SOAD to Guitar Hero. Guitar Hero's mechanics will never changed. System of a Down has made several different songs, and during their hiatus, each member have experimented with different things, especially Serj and Shavo.

SOUP_MAN_242
SOUP_MAN_242

any way this series should have ended RIGHT AFTER GH METALICA tht way it would have ended without the pain of us watching them bleed to death...any way... "ITS SUMTHING UNPREDICTABLE BUT IN THE END ITS RIGHT... I HOPE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE."

SOUP_MAN_242
SOUP_MAN_242

@neosantana ya no they are waiting to star releasing like 10 more guitar hero games in 2010... right now they are working on guitar hero 89 they just finished guitar hero 88... so get redy to spend......im sorry...WASTE 100s of bucks

pizzamanopenup
pizzamanopenup

It was bound to happen eventually. Call me old fashioned, but I thought the series was a lot better when RedOctane and Harmonix were behind it.

bluespire1
bluespire1

It's still a lot of fun to play...

Secret-Face
Secret-Face

shame this happened to guitar hero. R.I.P

neosantana
neosantana

Read this, Activision are pulling a System Of A Down on us, they're gonna stop making these games for about a year so they can come back stronger than ever in 2012, and this is they're best idea yet, so people would be over saturated with Rock Band, and GH is gonna come back like Death Magnetic on a black horse. Next year, you better get your 60$ ready, because the GH reboot is gonna be the best rhythm game since GH:III

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

all that money you console gamers spent on these peripherals and these garbage games that arent even 720p could have built you a super beast PC with dual gpus and you could be gaming at 7680 x 3200 res.. enjoy those plastic guitars..

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

The reasons their soundtrack went wrong is pretty simple...Nickleback, Linkin Park, R.E.M, Bob Dylan, The Killers, Coldplay etc...not that these bands/artists arent good...theyre just not rockable (with poor soundtracks comes lack of enjoyment)... example, non of these bands featured in Guitar Hero 1-3...and thats not coincidental

oneligas
oneligas

no more toy guitar games OOOOOOOOOHH YEAH! i hate that garbage

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

They sais they willl go back to it in 2012, but i think they already had all the great songs in GH already.

Keiner
Keiner

I had a good run with both rockband and Guitar hero. But like any music based game (eg: DDR) Eventually its going to fall to the wayside because you can only keep up games like that for so long. So Fare the well Guitar Hero! (at least for now) I think these games are going the way of DDR. They will keep releasing them but its going to be more for the niche folks from here on out.

-Fromage-
-Fromage-

It had a good run. Not sad to see it go though.

robx360
robx360

They should release one with custom soundtracks. Then everyone could have whatever song they wanted.

daabulls23
daabulls23

"Vacation until further notice" AKA Done.

OleanderX
OleanderX

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ChiefMac88
ChiefMac88

I sort of understand all the hate on one hand, but it also seems like it's just a fad to hate these games now.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

I need Guitar Hero..........da da da.........

megakick
megakick

need to make more rythm game like PaRappa the Rapper and not this.

aryeec
aryeec

Good bye Guitar Hero. Hope your trip to hell is eternally painful.

Sparticus1013
Sparticus1013

For God sake, stop acting so melodramatic with the "RIP" nonsense. If you think Activision isn't going to keep milking this cow, you're nuts. Give it a year, and we'll all be hearing about the next Guitar Hero whether we want to or not.

AnUndEadMonk3y
AnUndEadMonk3y

This is a sad day. It was, and is, an awesome game. One of the few that you couldn't get lucky to be good at. It actually took skill. No Newb tube here folks. RIP.

Sparticus1013
Sparticus1013

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n00bproof
n00bproof

Despite the oversaturation of the market, they were still fun games and I'll have great memories of them. However, I am happy to see it go. It allows the more effective Rock Band platform to develop and I think maybe Guitar Hero should just stay as a 2000's trend.

anger021780
anger021780

I didn't realize people actually still played this game. Hmm

anthonycg
anthonycg

Love And Memories!

Not really...

dj_pulserfan
dj_pulserfan

@S1THL0RD777 "at least guitar hero has real songs from the greates music makers of all time slipknot. rap and pop are just gay" Words cannot describe how hard I laughed at your comments.

enrique_marrodz
enrique_marrodz

Closing the store is just bad! Is the only thing that could give the series titles the "evergreen" status. So many songs I wanted to download...

Solamon
Solamon

Who would be happy to see it go? This is a loss to the video game community.

jimmyzeke13
jimmyzeke13

Time to go back to playing an actual guitar now.