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Have Rhythm Games Peaked?
by Ryan Davis on
An analyst from EEDAR thinks Guitar Hero and Rock Band are on the decline, though they've still got plenty of legs left.
Confirming what we all kind of already knew, Electronic Entertainment Design and Research analyst Jesse Divnich released a report today predicting “decline by more than 50 percent series-over-series for November” for Guitar Hero World Tour. Though the availability of crazy Black Friday Guitar Hero III deals is credited with stealing some of World Tour's thunder, Divnich suspects that the mass-market demand for both Guitar Hero and Rock Band is “reaching its peak.” Simply put, people are getting worn out on all these plastic guitars, though that's not to say that rhythm games are going to go the way of increasingly obscure extreme sports games. A comparison is drawn in the report to the Dance Dance Revolution franchise, which “is still today a very profitable franchise for Konami, even though that series reached its peak a long time ago.”
Divnich predicts that we'll be seeing both Guitar Hero and Rock Band games for a good 10 years from now, which is kind of mind-blowing to consider. Will we have run out of music by then? Will you still care?