Guitar Hero is no more (and nobody knows if it will ever return), but for now the competition presses forward.
The music genre in gaming has taken some big hits: MTV Games shut down its publishing business, Harmonix laid off nearly 15% of its staff, and yeah, the disbanding of Activision's Guitar Hero franchise is the cherry on this depressing sundae. But Rock Band developer Harmonix offers an encouraging update in the face of all this rhythm-based misery: in a post at the official Rock Band forums , John Drake said the death of Guitar Hero was "discouraging news," but Harmonix will continue to support their own franchise with more downloadable content, along with the new Fender Squier Stratocaster Guitar. Added Drake:
"The music genre is one that calls for constant reinvention, and Harmonix is continuing to welcome and embrace that call. 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."
You may notice he doesn't mention anything about Rock Band 4 but that's okay. Even if that doesn't happen, we figure this genre has run its course, and we feel kinda bad for Harmonix and others. They were once atop the world but these days, it seems more about surviving or, as Drake mentioned, "reinvention."