Rock Band developer wishes affected developers “the best of luck” before inviting players to jump ship.
Rock Band developer Harmonix has said Activision’s closure of its Guitar Hero business unit is “sad” and “discouraging.”
In a post on the Rock Band forums Harmonix community manager John Drake said: “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. 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.”
Drake’s comments come in the wake of Activision’s ruthless response to its disappointing fourth quarter financial results, which saw the publisher sustain a $233 million loss despite the record-breaking sales of Call Of Duty: Black Ops and World Of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
Activision “disbanded” its entire Guitar Hero business unit, which also meant the end of the DJ Hero series. Sensing an opportunity, Drake invited Guitar Hero fans mourning the loss of the long-running music series to jump ship to Harmonix’s Rock Band series.
“The music genre is one that calls for constant reinvention, and Harmonix is continuing to welcome and embrace that call,” he wrote. “For rhythm gamers out there who haven’t yet given Rock Band a chance, Rock Band 3 software is compatible with a wide range of instruments, including most Guitar Hero controllers.
“ Looking to the future, for fans that want to switch, we’d happily welcome you over into the world of Rock Band.”
Drake says Rock Band now has more than 2,500 playable songs in its catalogue, 1,000 of which are available through its digital distribution service, Rock Band Network.