Activision pulls the plug on Guitar Hero franchise

By Jos ยท 17 replies
Feb 10, 2011
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  1. It's a sad day for fake musicians everywhere: Activision Blizzard has announced that development of its Guitar Hero games has been discontinued and the business unit disbanded. The move comes amid a continued decline in sales for the music genre and follows Viacom's decision in November to sell its Rock Band video games unit.

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  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    Oh noes, not Guitar Hero.
  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,319   +1,405

    Good thing I decided to pick up guitar years ago. Guitar hero was fun though, it was a great party game.
  4. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    Sad? I've heard complaints for years about how long Guitar Hero has been "drug out". They had a great run, and everyone involved in the franchise should be proud of their work. But the series just wasn't really moving forward in my opinion.So maybe it's time to go buy a real instrument?
  5. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    It's a shame. I love that game.

    You can't beat showing your friends who's boss and who's the "Axe man".
  6. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    My sentiments exactly
  7. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    Well actually, i found the last installment was much better to play than the previous - with more responsive graphics on the track, and a better vocals system.

    However, you're right - there's only so much kareoke guitar you can do before you need to evolve the genre... and no evolution happened. Shame really.

    I mean, i play guitar as well as guitar hero. Guitar hero was good because friends who weren't real musicians could play along and compete etc - it gave me common ground at a party. Plus, i can't get my fingers to shine when i'm absolutely shitfaced, on guitar hero, i can :)
  8. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Well people weren't going to buy a whole new game every year just for a few new features and some tracks they liked and a whole buch of others they didn't - Activision should have just focused on DLC.
  9. If they wanted to sell the last guitar hero they should of put beiber on the front of it. The Warriors of rock just looked like the early game they released which just had a crap load of bad songs that no one enjoyed playing to.
  10. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    It put out COD and WOW and had a net loss?
  11. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    WOW is getting worse too, i wouldn't expect a loss. I know most of the people that i knew that played it have quit lately.
  12. Emin3nce

    Emin3nce TS Rookie Posts: 129

    Would* expect a loss.
  13. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Doesn't surprise me at all, they really only have themselves to blame too. Releasing dozens of GH titles to an already saturated market with little innovation just wasn't going to work. Their really is only so much one can do with the rhythm genre imo, and Rock Band had the right idea with focusing more on DLC then new releases.

    What I find more interesting here is now Activision lost one of it's big three franchise names. Not like it was really contributing much as of late but still big imo considering that if they lost CoD/WoW they wont have much else. I guess a lot is riding on what Bungie is developing for them since outside of that I don't think they've announced anything new.
  14. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,319   +1,405

    What I think that sucks about guitar hero is it does have a HUGE fan base. As a fan of the series from the start, none of the newer games challenge the gamer. Songs like raining blood, metallica's one, Jordan, and through the fire and flames all challenge the gamer. every thing they have put out since GH3 has been easy as pie. A game needs to be hard for it to be fun.
  15. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,224   +164

    Come on Benny! have a little class. Its not 'The Ax Man'...its' the Axemen' :p:wave:
  16. WTF is it with haters and the go buy a real guitar bull. Some of us do not care to learn the the real thing and rather have fun playing the vidogame. I will miss getting a 12 pack of beer and jamming out to real music insted of spending years learing and mastering the real thing. Think on that for a bit.
  17. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    I got some slate for it from some "friends" myself...I just ignored them and told them to eat some power cord (which i don't think they liked me saying too much :D).

    "There can be only one!" -- Quote from the film The Highlander
  18. mtbdude641

    mtbdude641 TS Rookie

    i believe that its not necessarily that the franchise has died out but more of how many games they produced and how often sometimes you would see new guitar hero games coming out all the time and it was the same as the previous version just different setlist of songs to play

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