Guitar Hero Axed?

February 12, 2011, By Christian Cawley

In the same week that a replica of Eddie Van Halen’s Frank 2 guitar was given a permanent home in the Smithsonian Museum following the band’s successful North American tour of 2007/2008, Activision Blizzard has announced they’re dropping the Guitar Hero franchise.

Guitar Hero axed

It’s been six years since the Simon-esque plastic guitar game was first released on an unsuspecting public, but despite the game’s world-wide success there will be no more titles from the gaming giant, who also produce the successful World of Warcraft and Call of Duty series of games, where the company will focus its development and investment.

Various releases in the franchise – of which previous releases will continue to be made available – include Guitar Hero and four sequels as well as various band-centric releases such as Guitar Hero: Van Halen and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. However what this news means for the much-rumoured Guitar Hero: Queen is as-yet unknown…

Going down with Guitar Hero will be the DJ Hero and True Crime series, with Activision Blizzard citing licensing fees and the rising hardware manufacturing costs of the plastic guitars and microphones. Despite this you can easily head on to eBay and find a plastic guitar for a fraction of the retail price, and given the way in which some of these adapted controllers can easily deteriorate, it’s hard to buy the reasoning on this aspect.

However the games have been responsible for a surge in classic rock album titles being re-released over the past few years – it might just be that a whole new generation of real guitar playing rockers has been borne from the series.

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