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Harmonix issues diplomatic statement over Guitar Hero demise

Harmonix's biggest, most direct competitor has been axed, and it was only a matter of time before the developer responded to the news. In a post on the official Rock Band website, Harmonix's John Drake expressed the company's take on Guitar Hero's demise with oodles of compassion and tact.

"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," reads Drake's post.

"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."

The statement goes on to discuss Rock Band 3 and the upbeat outlook Harmonix has for its series' future. Drake assures us that the end of Guitar Hero is not any indication that Rock Band will suffer a similar fate.

Drake concludes, "It’s been a wild battle of the bands since 2007, but we respect and appreciate all of the hard work and innovation of our peers who have shared the music gaming space with us, and we look forward to rocking in the future."

It's nice to see a respectful and compassionate response from what was Guitar Hero's biggest competitor. Well played, Harmonix.

[Source: RockBand.com]

Feb 10, 2011

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14 comments

  • JADENkOTOR - February 11, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    @ Kisokuiki: GH was innovative shit tits. Its really easy to make a respectful response to your biggest competitors demise and get in some good PR in the process. Right after this was released, the biggest party in Harmonix hisory took place. There was Krystal poppin and titties floppin... you should have been there. It was glorious.
  • FanofSaiyan - February 11, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    Touching article. I'm sure many people are going to get Rock Band now that Guitar Hero is going out of business, but to me Rock Band just can't take the place of Guitar Hero in my life. I'll stick with playing old GH games (since at least Activision released a lot of them). Who knows, maybe the people who got laid off from Activision will get jobs at Harmonix!
  • mattdark - February 11, 2011 7:26 a.m.

    @ sleepy92ismypsn - Pretty sure he means innovation (Or lack of) in the GH series, not Rock Band. The only think I can think of that they really did differantly in the main series was the boss battles. Though, if you branched out a little, Im sure DJ Hero could be seen as quite an innovative, and very differant route!
  • Crabhand - February 11, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    @TruckThunders To be fair, Harmonix did release a Rock Band game every year since 2007, with 2009 and 2010 both featuring two Rock Band games each. Although 2009's The Beatles: Rock Band isn't considered an official part of the Rock Band line by Harmonix, so take that for what you will.
  • TruckThunders - February 11, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    Year after year Activision would release multiple "Hero" titles and many people online agreed it was a bad idea and it would kill the franchise. Now that it has been axed, some of us find it hard to believe. Harmonix played it smart released a title only every couple years. So they are allowed to gloat a bit.
  • inSovietRussiaDatesRecallBrettElston - February 11, 2011 2:26 a.m.

    i guarantee guitar hero comes back in 5-10 years with some re-imagining bullshit
  • Crabhand - February 11, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    @icedoesnthelp Keep in mind Harmonix originally developed Guitar Hero, I'm sure there are a few at their offices who still fondly remember the early days of the franchise. It's also not a good sign when your biggest competition bites the dust and it isn't because your product was massively outselling theirs. I'm only hoping that with significantly less games flooding the market, the rhythm genre fatigue will subside a bit and the genre recovers from the recent downturn.
  • batmanboy11 - February 11, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    @dwarner25 Couldn't agree more.
  • icedoesnthelp - February 11, 2011 12:31 a.m.

    Like Harmonix cares. One less series to deal with.
  • Japanaman - February 11, 2011 12:20 a.m.

    Rock Band has music for more tastes, but Guitar Hero always felt "cooler" to me. It's definitely a hardcore gamer game, while Rock Band is a hardcore musician game.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - February 11, 2011 midnight

    @Kisokuiki Pro Mode...nuff said. Guitar Hero 2 got me into music games but ever since I first played Rock Band, GH just wasn't fun that anymore. I like the art style of Rock Band more and Harmonix has way better taste in music. The Rock Band instruments are also better. The flat frets on their guitars are easier to play with. I'm glad Harmonix will still work on the Rock Band franchise. Come on Harmonix, we want Red Hot Chili Peppers: Rock Band.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - February 10, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    i might get flamed for this but i really hate harmonix "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." is that a statement about gh or an ad for rb3
  • Kisokuiki - February 10, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Hard work and "innovation", huh.
  • dwarner25 - February 10, 2011 11:46 p.m.

    As if I didn't love Harmonix enough. What a classy company.

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