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Harmonix to Guitar Hero mourners: 'Try Rock Band'

Creator "sad" to hear cancellation news

Original Guitar Hero creator Harmonix has released a statement following the death of Guitar Hero, telling fans it's "sad" to hear of the Activision series' cancellation.

Speaking via the official Rock Band forums, community manager John Drake called the demise of the Activision series "discouraging" and urged Guitar Hero mourners to try out its other music series.

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"We were sad to hear yesterday that Activision was discontinuing development on Guitar Hero. Our thoughts are with those who are losing their jobs, and we wish them the best of luck," he wrote.

"The discontinuation of Guitar Hero is discouraging news for fans of the band game genre. As retail sales of Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles have slowed with time, we've been focused on building a robust digital platform for music gaming and have recently crested 2,500 songs available for play within Rock Band 3."

Despite the big blow Guitar Hero represents to the music game genre, Drake said Harmonix is going to persevere with its own endeavours.

"Harmonix and Rock Band continue to push beyond simple performance simulation to pioneer new approaches to music gaming," he said.

"We are also relaunching the Rock Band Network, a way for bands of all shapes and sizes to get their music into Rock Band. RBN just passed the 1000-songs mark, and its relaunch will now support keyboards, pro drums and vocal harmonies. The music genre is one that calls for constant reinvention, and Harmonix is continuing to welcome and embrace that call.

"In short, the beat of Rock Band marches on," he concluded. "We're continuing to invest in the franchise and the brand that we have built, and will do our best to serve all loyal band game fans.

"For rhythm gamers out there who haven't yet given Rock Band a chance, Rock Band 3 software is compatible with a wide range of instruments, including most Guitar Hero controllers. Looking to the future, for fans that want to switch, we'd happily welcome you over into the world of Rock Band.

"It's been a wild battle of the bands since 2007, but we respect and appreciate all of the hard work and innovation of our peers who have shared the music gaming space with us, and we look forward to rocking in the future."

[ SOURCE: Rock Band ]

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