More Instruments in Guitar Hero's Future
In an effort to keep up with the Joneses – or EA’s Rock Band to be more precise – Activision’s Guitar Hero franchise will most likely be adding new or more instruments to the Guitar Hero franchise in 2008. According to industry analyst Janco, Activision could see better numbers and reap more benefits than EA since they purchased the franchise, as opposed to EA giving distribution rights to MTV and Harmonix.
“We expect Guitar Hero to follow a natural product evolution by adding additional music peripherals in calendar year 08,” said the firm, Janco. “Importantly, the Guitar Hero franchise that is developed internally and owned, offers a meaningful operating margin expansion potential versus Rock Band, which is purely a distribution deal for Electronic Arts.”
Currently, a third game is in development and due to be shown publicly in Europe at the Edinburgh International Festival later this month. I wonder what that could be? Guitar Hero: 50′s Bebop? Nothing would surprise me at this point, and even though I enjoy the games very much like the rest of the world, I am worried that they will burn us out VERY quickly on the franchise. If they were to implement more instruments into the gameplay to heighten the experience, then they better make darn sure that they can compete – if not overtake- the awesomeness that promises to be Rock Band. They will have to do more than just add some drums and keyboards – they will have to have better content and maybe something wacky like a double necked guitar controller that you can play with a faux violin bow a la Jimmy Page. Speaking of which, they need to add some Zeppelin and forego any Skynyrd in the future. Seriously.