Guitar Hero, the party game series we all know and love, is being shut down by its production company, Activision. That’s right, no more Guitar Hero games. Keep in mind, this does not rule out the competitor series Rock Band, but it’s still a big deal. Why? Because Activision wants to “focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.” In other words, Activision is using these newfound resources to expand on its popular franchise, Call of Duty.
I’ll admit, I don’t like the Call of Duty games, but I have much respect for them. I understand that they have a mass appeal, great online game play, and bring in tons money. But if Activision really wants to continue with the series, they’re going to have to do something exceptional with it.
When Guitar Hero II came out, people loved it. It really reached the mainstream and with its exceptional soundtrack and game play (for the time). Even today, it’s still an arguable favorite amongst gamers. Sometime after Guitar Hero III though, people started getting tired of the series. They felt like the new editions were all very similar and at a full $60 price. I think Call of Duty could suffer the same fate as Guitar Hero. People love it now, but it will probably be outdated eventually. Personally, I think that Call of Duty is starting to go downhill. It’s not at the bottom by any means, but it’s on its way. I have a lot of respect for Call of Duty, but unless Activision does something revolutionary soon, it could get fragged.
Craving a different perspective? Check out another spin on this story from one of our bloggers.