They also announced the cancellations of numerous projects, including any Hero IP’s that were previously scheduled in 2011. A more formal announcement is scheduled to come out from the earnings call tonight, but as of now, it’s not looking good.
There are reports coming out that Beenox will continue to support the franchise with DLC, which might be the silver lining to this dark cloud. Perhaps we could see more production in the DLC category, which could build upon the already strong Warriors of Rock engine.
Twitter is exploding with a mix of sympathetic and celebratory tweets regarding this news. Rock Band fans who are celebrating this as simply the end of Guitar Hero might not be giving this news the proper weight. This doesn’t just mean the end of Guitar Hero, it also makes the future of Rock Band look hazy as well.
No competition is never a good thing for any company. EA Sports’ Madden NFL series was once a very well respected title within the community. The lack of any real competition drove them to become iterations of the previous entry in the respective franchise and, in turn, pro-football games have suffered greatly because of it. Just keep that in mind, as Rock Band has now monopolized the music game genre as much as Madden has monopolized the football genre. We just hope that Harmonix can keep their bar high.
As for what this means for The Hero Feed, quite simply, we don’t know. We’re going to wait and see what happens regarding the series. Perhaps it will fade away without a trace. Nobody knows. We’ll remain on watch for any news and if this is truly the end, then it was great rocking with you for the short time that we had together.