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Yesterday was a sad, sad day for music game fans as Activision has confirmed that after several layoffs hit some of their studios… Guitar Hero and DJ Hero are no more. Smaller than usual revenues for their last two music games (that would be DJ Hero 2 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock) pushed Activision to shut down that division of their business so they can focus in what gives them the most profit: more Call of Duty, the next episode of Starcract 2 and giving us a special glow in the dark mount for World of Warcraft every three months.
Guitar Hero will bring us three new songs every week in March. There will be track packs from Blink-182, Ok Go, Flogging Molly, and a 80′s band pack.
The first pack is available March 4th, it will be the Blink 182 pack and will feature the songs, First Date, All The Small Things, and Adam’s Song.
The March 11th pack will feature Ok Go’s songs Here It Goes Again, Do What You Want, and Get Over It.
March 18th with bring a “St. Patrick’s Day celebration” with the Flogging Molly track pack, containing Requiem For A Dying Song, (No More) Paddy’s Lament, and The Seven Deadly Sins.
The final March pack, available on the 25th is the 80′s track pack. It will contain Girls, Girls, Girls, by Motley Crue; We Got The Beat, by The Go-Go’s; and Night Ranger’s Sister Christian.
The track packs will be available on the PSN for $5.49 each, or as singles for $1.99.
Guitar Hero 1 started the phenomenon back in 2005 on the PS2. Between that and Rock Band in 2007, gamers saw a steady stream of improvements. The concept was fleshed out, they added drums and mics, tons of game modes and options, way more music and a-la-carte DLC, online functionality, better training features, HD graphics, and polish.
But since Rock Band 1, the improvements have been fairly obscure or niche. Mostly, we’ve seen new music tracks and various branded track packs. As much as I may love The Beatles or Metallica, I’m really not excited about hearing it in a colored-button music game. The game is still the same game I got my fill of two years ago.
Not surprisingly, U.S. revenue for Guitar Hero and Rock Band is down 49% year over year.
So, was the music genre just a fad that’s ended? Is it going to take a while for a new killer-idea to reignite interest in the genre?
Personally, I’m still waiting for a full-production game controllable by a full MIDI keyboard.
Activision gives away free guitars, according to MCV. They say that if you pre-order the Guitar Hero World Tour bundle, you’ll get a free (bass?) guitar, to round out the band. Nice!
Guitar Hero developer Neversoft unveiled a new MIDI Import feature in a recent interview:
The fabled “new instrument” for Guitar Hero World Tour is actually no instrument at all. Instead, it’s a feature that will let PC users import MIDI tracks into the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, Neversoft project director Brian Bright has informed Shacknews.
The MIDI sequencer functionality encompasses rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, keyboards and drum tracks on the PlayStation 3, but will be limited to drum tracks on the Xbox 360 due to unspecified “hardware issues.” The feature will arrive as part of a week-one patch for the game, which hits October 26 with 86 on-disc songs.
If I’m interpreting this correctly, this allows MIDI-savvy musicians to import any music content into the game’s music creation mode. Nice!