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Activision Trying To 'Reinvent' Guitar Hero 144

In an interview with Forbes, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick spoke about the rise and fall of the Guitar Hero franchise, saying "it became unsuccessful because it didn't have any nourishment and care." He then revealed that after effectively canceling the franchise last year, the company is looking for ways to resurrect it. "We said you know what, we need to regain our audience interest, and we really need to deliver inspired innovation. So we're going to take the products out of the market, and we're not going to tell anybody what we're doing for awhile, but we're going to stop selling Guitar Hero altogether. And then we're going to go back to the studios and we're going to use new studios and reinvent Guitar Hero. And so that's what we're doing with it now." Kotick also addressed Activision's lack of foresight regarding DJ Hero: "...in hindsight, if you step back – and it really would have been a simple thing to do – we should have said, 'Well, how many people really want to unleash their inner DJ?'"
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Activision Trying To 'Reinvent' Guitar Hero

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  • by MimeticLie ( 1866406 ) on Thursday July 21, 2011 @05:21PM (#36839004)
    Guitar Hero - 2005
    Guitar Hero 2 - 2006
    Guitar Hero 3: Legends of Rock - 2007
    Guitar Hero World Tour - 2008
    Guitar Hero 5 - 2009
    Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - 2010

    Not to mention the expansions:
    Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s - 2007
    Guitar Hero: Aerosmith - 2008
    Guitar Hero: Metallica - 2009
    Guitar Hero Smash Hits - 2009
    Guitar Hero: Van Halen - 2009
    Band Hero - 2009

    Apparently unlike with CoD you can't sustainably sell people a new guitar game annually. Van Halen and Warriors of Rock both sold less than 100k units in their opening weeks.

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