I enjoyed playing GH as I do play RB, both are good. Different setlists, but same gameplay. I would like RB to have more spanish songs. I don't have XBL, but I enjoy playing alone and with my father.
Developer calls Guitar Hero discontinuation "discouraging," touts continuing investment in its own rhythm franchise.
It's been a rough month for the former superstars of the rhythm genre. Rock Band label MTV Games ceased its publishing operations, which was shortly followed by the game's recently sold developer, Harmonix, laying off up to 15 percent of its staff. The capper came yesterday, as Activision disbanded its Guitar Hero business unit, confirming that there would be no 2011 installment in the franchise and the company will stop making new downloadable songs for the Hero franchise of games.
In a posting on the official Rock Band forums today, Harmonix's John Drake offered condolences for his competition and reassurance for fans worried that the developer's rhythm game series would be similarly scuttled. He acknowledged that the apparent death of the Guitar Hero franchise was "discouraging news" for fans of the genre and touted Harmonix's ongoing support for Rock Band in the form of new songs, as well as the upcoming Fender Squier Stratocaster Guitar controller. Drake also reminded Guitar Hero owners that most peripherals for the games work with Rock Band.
"The music genre is one that calls for constant reinvention, and Harmonix is continuing to welcome and embrace that call," Drake said, adding, "In short, the beat of Rock Band marches on. We're continuing to invest in the franchise and the brand that we have built and will do our best to serve all loyal band game fans."
For more on the latest installment in the series, check out GameSpot's review of Rock Band 3.
RIP "Guitar Hero", If it wern't for you "Rock Band" would'nt be here today. Still "Rock Band" rocked your world the first day it came out. With drums, micophone, tons of DLC, and frankly a funner game that my whole family LOVE to play together.
@hippiesanta Where is the fun in that? Part of the draw of Rock Band is the hilarious characters. But, yeah, it's good that the rythme market is slimming down, and even better that the surviving franchise is the best ;) (Opinionated statement is opinionated, I know, but it's an opinion I'm sure many share.)
Rock Band did something Guitar Hero failed to do: bring out realistic instruments. I've played the Mustang Guitar, and it is great and the Squier will be even better.
Rock Band didn't win the war Guitar Hero just fired in every direction and caught some ricochets from it's own gun. I guess hoping people had 420 a year exclusively for Guitar Hero games was a bad business move.
Also, I see sales stats for Warriors or rock... less than 100,000 in the first month, but where are the sales stats for Rock Band? I googled it only found something for Britain for the first 2 days. Anyone know where I can find that info?
I bought every rock band game, (not the DS ones) and only a few of the guitar hero games... because I didn't get into the genre until RB1 came out with the full band set-up, and all the GH games that followed had far inferior play lists. I also find the RB games set-up more fun... even if it was just notes on a highway... somehow it was different. Oh, and Guitar Hero was WAY to cartoooooony to take seriously. LONG LIVE ROCKBAND!
I love Rock Band and hate Activision, but this is clearly a sign that music genre games are on the decline. I just hope that we can get some Aerosmith, Metallica, Soundgarden and others for Rock Band before Harmonix also cuts off the DLC.
Rock Band succeeds because Harmonix tries to be innovative with the genre and add something to the overall experience (IE new instruments, more realistic modes, etc.) GH was all about just putting as much content out there as possible, as quickly as possible, and not really advancing the genre in a particular direction. That is the main reason Rock Band is still standing and will continue to do so for some time to come.
I haven't cared about music games in nearly 2 years, but it's good to see the company who actually got it RIGHT is the only one left standing.
I haven't followed Rock Band news in a while, and just recently found out, much to my excitement, that the entire London Calling album is now available as DLC. How can Rock Band ever die with awesomeness like that?
I have Rock Band, Glad it's gonna keep going. Sorry for fans of GH, hopefully they will enjoy RB just as much.
Thankfully Rockband is not associated to Activision and it's corruption. Keep on a rockin' Harmonix!
LMAO! People in this thread are hilarious. The music genre is on the brink of death. It has been raped of its glory and that is a fact. Vega13mv is a mindless fool to place judgement upon anyone. Rock Band is good for only one thing, to have something to do with people while drinking.
those that say the genre is dead probably dont have any friends to play with or cant afford the peripherals, cuz playing RB with a full band is a wickedly fun experience. Just because you're broke and lonely doesnt mean the game sucks
As long as Rock Band keeps putting out pro mode stuff for guitar, they will keep on getting my money.
I always like Rock band,I think it's because Harmonix puts more thought into there games. Bring on Rock Band Pink Floyd. I just hope they don't milk it now cause Guitar Hero's gone but I don't think they will.
I would have to agree that the music genre as a whole is no closer to death than most other niche genres.. GH mya have been shipped to the retirement home but games like Dance Central and oddly enough Just Dance moved more copies than alot of people realize. Hell, aside from the CoD and RDRs I'm willing to bet last year's Just Dance moved more copies than alot of games most Music genre critics reading this article played recently.
Hopefully those GH songs from Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith and all the other GH games will come to the Rock Band store. That would be so awesome.
harmonix wont slack off with their RB support and thats a fact. Those guys even state how much they love their music and even some of the bands in RB's setlists are actually bands from members of their developement team. Going by previous GH1 and 2 when there was no competition to them they managed to create an original game that was amazingly fun at parties aswell as build a decent cult following i can bet a lot of GH1,2 era players shifted to RB. Cause tbh GH was declining since 3, the absurd difficulty jump for the pure literal lolz killed what it was all about.
Well, they won't have Activision flooding the market. And Activision has never innovated unless forced to by Harmonix. This is one genre where the lack of competition could actually be a good thing, but only because the right company is the one still holding out.
I'm happy Activision Guitar Hero unit finally failed. At least Harmonix has the ability to stretch their muscles on the genre since they don't have to worry about any money hungry game publishing comanies. Harmonix I hope you continue to produce good games and I may be interested in purchasing a couple of your games one day.
With Guitar Hero out of the picture I wonder if Rock Band will be able to get Metallica songs now. I would for sure buy
If the last Rock Band game didn't do so well what chance does the franchise have going forward? Harmonix should think about coming up with a new IP.
Agreed with the first comment on here, People tend to forget Harmonix made GH 1 and 2 and they were the 2 best guitar hero games until they went on to make rock band which then and now dominates the music genre of games.
I don't get why so many people are saying "Oh, well now that Harmonix has no competition, they're just going to slack off." Harmonix had no competition back when they released GH I & II. And they certainly did not slack off then.
@Gelugon_baat You are completely correct. It doesn't surprise me that Activision would drop the division like it's hot just because sales didn't match up. Hopefully the lack of competition doesn't make Harmonix lax.
They could become the EA type Developer of the music game genre. Seriously, quality games to all systems could prove profitable. Good luck for them.
Well is it canceled or not? First it was, now it isn't? MAKE UP YOUR MIND! :roll: At least Guitar Hero's dead, though. One franchise is enough.
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