With how busy games news has been over the past week with E3 looming and games leaking everywhere, this weekend Activision quietly announced the end of the Guitar Hero TV portion of Guitar Hero Live by December this year. Given how these types of rhythm games live and die based on the song offerings, this is pretty much the end of the road for the Guitar Hero franchise.
In all honesty this isn’t really surprising given the pattern over the years: FreeStyle Games (Makers of this title and the spin-off Band Hero) had some layoffs and were eventually bought by Ubisoft over a year ago, and the GH Twitter account has been dormant since the end of 2017, which leads me to speculate that there has been no support for Live in the past six months.
I’m more fascinated in that this is the sad and rather unfeeling end for a franchise that was once one of Activision’s marquee properties, and a series that was quite significant in the history of modern video games. I mean Activision has had a history of making its old top franchises die horrible deaths (Pro Skater 5), but still it’s sad that Guitar Hero isn’t even getting that kind of spectacle.
So any thoughts on where the plastic guitar games go from here? How long will it take before GH comes back? Will we ever see another moment equal to this WSJ lady owning Bobby Kotick on stage?