Guitar Hero has easily become the hottest music simulation franchise here in the US, and as such Activision has started branching out a bit. They are moving towards releasing band-specific titles, the first of which is Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, however, who might be next? If rumors could be believed, it just might be the Beatles.
Activision really isn't having a good week. They've now got a lawsuit in their laps from Gibson (which sounds like a load of crap) and now Harmonix is starting trouble with them. Apparently Activision still owes the former developer royalties to the tune of around $14.5 million for their work in the Guitar Hero series.
Since Guitar Hero made its debut back in 2005 (has it really been that long?) we've been rocking out with various Gibson controllers. I never really cared for the the X-plorer, but that's not the point here. Apparently Gibson has just realized that the Guitar Hero game infringe on one of their patents.
Based on our preliminary analysis, the 'Guitar Hero' software (including any expansion packs) and the guitar controller provided by Activision being used as a musical instrument (packaged with the software or sold standalone) are covered by the ... patent," Gibson's law firm said in its January 7 letter. Gibson requests that Activision obtain a license under Gibson's ... patent or halt sales of any version of the 'Guitar Hero' game software.
Since I got Rock Band back in November of last year, I've only played Guitar Hero III a few times. It's not that GH III isn't a good game (it is, really) it's just that after playing the same songs over and over, you kind of want something new to play. Rock Band has been more than accommodating with their weekly DLC releases. However we've just gotten word that for the second straight week there will be new Guitar Hero III DLC.
If we were to ask Activision what the most-requested feature for Guitar Hero is, I could almost bet it would be user-generated content. By that, of course I mean putting in your own music and creating charts for it. While Harmonix has expressed an interest in integrating such a feature in Rock Band down the road, we really haven't heard Activision's stance, at least not until now.
Remember back when we told you about Guitar Hero III Mobile? Well it actually came out on Verizon phones a while back, and we've been waiting to hear that it's moved on to other providers. Today AT&T has finally had the opportunity to bring the franchise to their mobile phones.
The game will launch on roughly 30 phones, which include the V3 RAZR and Sony Ericcson 810, with more to follow in the near future.
Remember last week when I mentioned that Activision was having horrible turnaround time with the Guitar Hero III: Legends of rock discs for the Wii? Well apparently the turnaround time was so bad that they are adding a refund to the list of solutions for the sound issues found with the original discs.