Guitar Hero And DJ Hero DLC To End In March

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Guitar Hero and DJ Hero won’t see releases in 2011, but will Activision be putting the brakes on the stream of downloadable content for both of its music games, too? A recent FAQ update on the official DJ Hero Web site reveals that, yes, the supporting content around both games will be coming to an end this month.

“We will release the previously announced DLC track and mix packs for February, but unfortunately, we will not be able to release new DLC packs beyond what we already have,” the FAQ response reads, as spotted by Shacknews.
 


== TEASER ==During its investor conference call yesterday afternoon, Activision confirmed reports that it was pulling the plug on the Guitar Hero franchise and dissolving the business unit that supported it. The publisher also stated that there would be no music game releases, or hey, even skateboarding games, in the year 2011.

The FAQ also states that all available DLC will still be available after Activision twists the valve. So, you’ll still be able to buy whatever you want, regardless of the health of the series and Activision’s decision to give both games a break. Also, the publisher will continue to provide customer support via its main line.

The one question that Activision doesn’t really answer in the FAQ is the one we’re all asking at the moment -- “Does this mean you're no longer making Guitar and DJ Hero games?” Activision answers with this: 

“Over the past two years, we have seen rapid declines in the music genre, and unfortunately, based on current demand, we simply cannot continue to profitably make these games given the considerable licensing and manufacturing costs.”


Makes you wonder if we’ll even see a music game from Activision in 2012, or ever again.    
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Guitar Hero and DJ Hero won’t see releases in 2011, but will Activision be putting the brakes on the stream of downloadable content for both of its music games, too? A recent FAQ update on the official DJ Hero Web site reveals that, yes, the supporting content around both games will be coming to an end this month.

“We will release the previously announced DLC track and mix packs for February, but unfortunately, we will not be able to release new DLC packs beyond what we already have,” the FAQ response reads, as spotted by Shacknews.
 


== TEASER ==During its investor conference call yesterday afternoon, Activision confirmed reports that it was pulling the plug on the Guitar Hero franchise and dissolving the business unit that supported it. The publisher also stated that there would be no music game releases, or hey, even skateboarding games, in the year 2011.

The FAQ also states that all available DLC will still be available after Activision twists the valve. So, you’ll still be able to buy whatever you want, regardless of the health of the series and Activision’s decision to give both games a break. Also, the publisher will continue to provide customer support via its main line.

The one question that Activision doesn’t really answer in the FAQ is the one we’re all asking at the moment -- “Does this mean you're no longer making Guitar and DJ Hero games?” Activision answers with this: 

“Over the past two years, we have seen rapid declines in the music genre, and unfortunately, based on current demand, we simply cannot continue to profitably make these games given the considerable licensing and manufacturing costs.”


Makes you wonder if we’ll even see a music game from Activision in 2012, or ever again.    
#2 Edited by Maajin (1064 posts) -

Hopefully, Rock Band keeps on forever. Or at least April.
 
edit: yay! first try!

#3 Edited by Deeveeus (479 posts) -

damn... 
 
EDIT: About being so close...guitar hero sucks lol

#4 Posted by LethalKi11ler (1407 posts) -
@theplatypus said:
" Hopefully, Rock Band's will keep on for longer. "
I hope so too, it has been vastly superior to Guitar Hero's and let's hope the sales are still profitable
#5 Posted by MolluskLingers (109 posts) -

hopefully rock band stops soon and we can be done with music games 

#6 Posted by Azzokk (17 posts) -
@theplatypus said:
" Hopefully, Rock Band keeps on forever. Or at least April. "
PLEASE!! I like Rock Band over GH anyways...but still here's hoping the former employees can find jobs....
#7 Posted by HarrySound (234 posts) -

Shame really. 
They never quite got there, too many little baby steps. 
Good job I have a real guitar (6 of them) they never go out of fashion.

#8 Posted by Ace829 (2083 posts) -
@Methodis said:
" hopefully rock band stops soon and we can be done with music games  "
I don't think the death of a whole genre is something to wish for. :(
#9 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

DJ HERO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

#10 Posted by p_p_o_d (543 posts) -

man I really hope Harmonix have something up there sleave that isnt just Dance Central 2 / rockband 4. 
 
Music games are dead.     
 
Can they even make a "real" game?    
 
making rock band songs isnt a skill that could be used making a FPS or RPG.
 
 
(but atleast get on the phone with Sony and make a HD amplitude or frequency before you close down,  ok Harmonix)    

#11 Posted by Itsdapoleece (23 posts) -

Okay someone please take over making DJ Hero type games then. 

#12 Posted by Kyle (2323 posts) -

Thank god. That genre needs a long rest.

#13 Posted by nunami (99 posts) -
Activision was never really good at releasing DLC for the Hero frnachises. Their model was so old fashioned and restrictive that even without bringing Rockband into the picture you could see how limited the Store was in terms of number of songs and ease of buying tracks and packs.
#14 Posted by FlipperDesert (2087 posts) -
“Over the past two years, we have seen rapid declines in the music genre. "   Gee, I wonder why. 
 
This is kind of a bummer, DJ Hero was a really, really fun game and I'd actually have liked to see more of them.
#15 Posted by RJPelonia (863 posts) -

" we have seen rapid declines in the music genre "

Maybe their music genre.
#16 Posted by YoungFrey (1321 posts) -

If Rock Band fails to die, Guitar Hero will be back soon enough.  Activision just isn't willing to bear the risk and cost of keeping the genre alive.  But they like money.  As soon as the market appears to be there, they will be dropping a huge pile of titles in to wring as much cash out as quickly as possible.
#17 Edited by 234r2we232 (3181 posts) -

Hey guys. Today I learned to play The Con & Rock Lobster on Keyboard.
 
Ty Rock Band :) 
 
Oh wait, this is about Guitar Hero?

#18 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@LordXavierBritish said:
"

DJ HERO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

"
This, not that DLC was anything great but the fact that there won't be any future titles makes want to cry and this news made Activision's stock drop a lot. FUCK YOU FOR KILLING DJ HERO AND MAKING ME LOSE MONEY!
#19 Edited by MysteriousBob (6272 posts) -

Glad to see the music genre fad finally dying off. Forty-two Guitar Hero games is enough.

#20 Posted by HadesTimes (804 posts) -

Poor DJ Hero...

#21 Posted by Soap (3592 posts) -

Love the wording from activision  "Over the past two years, we have seen rapid declines in the music genre," 
 
Yeah, by you Activision. Harmonix raised the bar every year while Guitar Hero died on it's ass. 

#22 Edited by SmAsH (234 posts) -

The DLC is not ending, the release of new packs is ending. The wording on this article is terrible, and should be fixed. It makes it sound like the DLC service is being shut down.

#23 Posted by RecSpec (3817 posts) -

I guess I can buy Rock Band now finally. The battle is officially over.

#24 Edited by skrutop (3615 posts) -

They're obviously not going to straight up say that GH is dead, but they've said it in business-speak.  They've put it on hold, stopped development of GH7, stopped making new DLC, and dissolved the entire business unit that supports it.  GH is as dead as it gets.  Like StarCraft: Ghost dead.
 
I'd be interested to see if we'll start getting Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Metallica tracks in Rock Band now that GH is dead.
 
@Soap said:

" Love the wording from activision  "Over the past two years, we have seen rapid declines in the music genre,"  Yeah, by you Activision. Harmonix raised the bar every year while Guitar Hero died on it's ass.  "
Well, yes and no.  The genre's cooled off and is too small to support two competing franchises the size of Rock Band and Guitar Hero.  GH was a mess by its end, so I'm glad to see it go.
#25 Posted by Hailinel (24818 posts) -
@SmAsH said:
" The DLC is not ending, the release of new packs is ending. The wording on this article is terrible, and should be fixed. It makes it sound like the DLC service is being shut down. "
It's not that far off.  What it means is no DLC will be released beyond this month.
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#26 Posted by bruinman17 (2 posts) -

This is sad news...
#27 Posted by CosmicQueso (569 posts) -
@Soap: @Soap said:
" Love the wording from activision  "Over the past two years, we have seen rapid declines in the music genre,"  Yeah, by you Activision. Harmonix raised the bar every year while Guitar Hero died on it's ass.  "
Yeah, you have to insert the word "sales" between "rapid" and "declines".   And no, it doesn't just apply to Activision.
 
BTW, you can stop hating now.  It's over.
#28 Edited by DukeTogo (1504 posts) -
@RJPelonia said:

"

" we have seen rapid declines in the music genre "

Maybe their music genre. "
Rock Band hasn't exactly been doing nearly as well as it used to either.  Did you miss that Harmonix was unloaded by Viacom for practically nothing a month ago due to poor revenue?  The music genre is all but dead, and while RB was the white hat of the battle, the sheer amount of glut of music games from all parties is what turned everyone off.  The biggest problem was that after six years of music games, the gameplay was still the same, even with the additions and improvements you were still watching a rainbow highway and matching colors.
 
I think everyone suddenly realized it was cheaper to play air instruments and listen to an MP3 of their favorite songs instead of spending hundreds of dollars on the game and only liking 1/4 of the songs.
#29 Posted by Guyzea (816 posts) -

Finally the Add-on section on the Marketplace won't be clogged up with music game crap.

#30 Posted by KailenWolfe (40 posts) -

Atleast we still have Rock Band =)

#31 Posted by PLWolf (926 posts) -

Man, I wish the DJ Hero DLC could keep on rolling. I love that game. :-(

#32 Posted by TanookiSuit (19 posts) -

DJ hero was cool. Guitar Hero was WELL past where it should have gone, which killed it. Oh well... 
Its Activision :|

#33 Posted by Spiritof (2050 posts) -

No 'Guitar Villain', now?

#34 Posted by super_machine (1930 posts) -

Once all the kids mastered Tom Sawyer on expert, it kind of made all the new versions of guitar hero rather pointless.

#35 Posted by karatetron (692 posts) -

Stay tuned for the 2013 release of "The Guitar Hero".

#36 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

Well, now it's just a matter of time till Wal-Mart and Target marks down the price on DJ Hero 2 and Guitar Hero WoR to a clearance price. I'm definitely keeping an eye out.

#37 Posted by Solh0und (1775 posts) -

Well GH and DJH aern't the only music games to die out....remember DDR?

#38 Posted by Aetheldod (3584 posts) -

Finally :)

#39 Posted by Nadafinga (958 posts) -
@TrippinBungalow said:
" Stay tuned for the 2013 release of "The Guitar Hero". "
Dammit, you beat me to that joke.
#40 Posted by m2cks (586 posts) -
@DukeTogo said:
" @RJPelonia said:

"

" we have seen rapid declines in the music genre "

Maybe their music genre. "
Rock Band hasn't exactly been doing nearly as well as it used to either.  Did you miss that Harmonix was unloaded by Viacom for practically nothing a month ago due to poor revenue?  The music genre is all but dead, and while RB was the white hat of the battle, the sheer amount of glut of music games from all parties is what turned everyone off.  The biggest problem was that after six years of music games, the gameplay was still the same, even with the additions and improvements you were still watching a rainbow highway and matching colors.  I think everyone suddenly realized it was cheaper to play air instruments and listen to an MP3 of their favorite songs instead of spending hundreds of dollars on the game and only liking 1/4 of the songs. "
Ain't you quite the optimist?
 
I cannot speak for anyone nor everyone statistically (casual, hardcore, or otherwise), but I personally vouch that Rock Band is light years ahead of the whole "rhythm/music" genre simply because of its extensive and continuous support of DLC as well as multiple complexities of multiplayer and party-play. Not to mention its rabid (and unwavering) fanbase it has acquired over the past 2 or so years (people started realizing that Rock Band can be just as challenging and rewarding as its Guitar Hero predecessors). Not to say you're not right in pointing out the limited scope of the games (the aforementioned "rainbow highway" that dominates the genre), but really I cannot see it failing in the next upcoming years. Who knows- this question could become the next "games=art" debate.
#41 Posted by GS_Dan (1403 posts) -

'The Guitar Hero'- actually sounds fairly badass.

#42 Posted by Hot_Karl (3309 posts) -

Wow, what a bummer. Still, the DLC was usually restrictive & outdated unlike RB's store. Also the DJ Hero 1 & 2 DLC usually sucked and was never as good as anything on disc. I got that Tiesto pack of DLC for free, played it once & never touched it again.

#43 Posted by paulunga (2019 posts) -

It's not like they were all that great at releasing additional songs anyway.

#44 Posted by Yelix (347 posts) -
@VinceNotVance: 
Are you talking about the Tiesto pack for DJ Hero 2? I got that and actually really liked the songs. All the other packs seemed bad, though. The Linkin Park one was terrible.
#45 Posted by OriginalGman (294 posts) -
@m2cks: I don't think anything DukeTogo said was false. The sales of Rock Band 3 have been much slower than any of the previous versions, just barely making it past 1 million across all platforms. Rock Band may be the better platform, with the best support and fans, but you can't deny that most people are kind of past their limit of large plastic peripherals in the home. Harmonix didn't get dropped for being in the healthiest place right now, either. I hope they can continue to support what they've created for years to come, but I also don't think we need to see Rock Band 4 this year or next even if it adds another instrument. Maybe they can take DJ Hero's place and make some sweet successors to Frequency instead.
#46 Edited by Peanut (954 posts) -

GH died because they simply flooded the market and made everyone sick, but I dig Rock Band less and less because they seem so damn insistent on piling loads of shitty metal/butt rock dlc out the door every fucking week. As it stands, I seriously can't get anyone to play these games anymore and it usually begins and ends with a glance at the setlist, full of "what the fuck is this song?", followed by a trip to the music store and then a swift exit once it becomes apparent that everything new is complete trash. 

#47 Edited by xyzygy (9994 posts) -

DJ Hero is such a unique approach to the music genre and I really hope Harmonix or even someone else makes more.  
 
@VinceNotVance said:

" Wow, what a bummer. Still, the DLC was usually restrictive & outdated unlike RB's store. Also the DJ Hero 1 & 2 DLC usually sucked and was never as good as anything on disc. I got that Tiesto pack of DLC for free, played it once & never touched it again. "
There is one song on the Tiesto pack that is bloody brilliant, I can't remember the name but it's the most complex one, farthest down the list.
#48 Posted by FreakAche (2953 posts) -

Rock Band is forever... I hope.

#49 Posted by Slezak (12 posts) -

Does this mean we can start to see some more creative music games? DJ Hero was a nice change of pace with its "mashup" idea; you got basically 80-90 "never-before-heard" songs per game because the songs were remixed and not just MP3s set to colored notes that dropped out when you made a mistake. Sure DJ Hero did that too, but 1)you had never heard the song before, 2)the music felt more "interactive" because of the FX dial and the sample zones in the first game, and 3)the second game added in "freestyle scratching and crossfading" and beefed up the sampling system, truly letting you remix the song, even if it was in a very limited way.
 
Speaking of remixing songs, can we please get another installment in the FreQ/Amp series? That is still my favorite music game series of all time, if only just because you could completely remix all of the songs. Plus, it was a constructive approach to playing music. Instead of the song dropping out when you missed notes, it built up as you hit them. That's what I loved about the series and I would like to see it come back. Plus, with the PS3, I'm sure Harmonix could make the remix system even better and more robust than the first two games could have ever hoped to be.

#50 Posted by MikkaQ (10290 posts) -
@m2cks said:
Ain't you quite the optimist?  I cannot speak for anyone nor everyone statistically (casual, hardcore, or otherwise), but I personally vouch that Rock Band is light years ahead of the whole "rhythm/music" genre simply because of its extensive and continuous support of DLC as well as multiple complexities of multiplayer and party-play. Not to mention its rabid (and unwavering) fanbase it has acquired over the past 2 or so years (people started realizing that Rock Band can be just as challenging and rewarding as its Guitar Hero predecessors). Not to say you're not right in pointing out the limited scope of the games (the aforementioned "rainbow highway" that dominates the genre), but really I cannot see it failing in the next upcoming years. Who knows- this question could become the next "games=art" debate. "
 
Yeah but what does that all matter if no one is buying the games?

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