'Continued support' from fans reignites DLC possibilities for Guitar Hero and DJ Hero

It appears that the death of Guitar Hero and DJ Hero DLC is short-lived. According to both official Twitter pages for the games, more content is on the way thanks to fans...


Following the recent Activision decision to scale back music-based releases, a message on the official DJ Hero 2 site announced that--following the release of previously announced content--no future DLC would be made available for the DJ Hero franchise or its sister series, Guitar Hero. Late last night, that position appears to have changed.

On both the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero Twitter pages, posts thanked gamers for being a part of their respective communities and claims new content would be released "in recognition" of "continued support" from fans.

The Guitar Hero Twitter page specifically announced the news after revealing its Facebook fan page for the franchise had reached million Facebook fans.

Both Twitter updates promise details regarding the new content would be revealed "soon."

Shacknews has reached out to Activision for comment regarding these announcements and will update this post if any information is made available.

Xav de Matos was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

From The Chatty
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      February 26, 2011 12:00 PM

      Summary: DLC for Guitar Hero and DJ Hero will apparently continue after fans show support for both dying franchises.

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      February 26, 2011 12:14 PM

      This is awesome. I love my DJ Hero 2

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      February 26, 2011 1:45 PM

      From this post:


      The GH DLC may simply be leftover tracks that Beenox had done before they were completely closed down.

      On the other hand, I can see DJ Hero 2 getting more since FreeStyleGames is far from closed down.

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        February 26, 2011 2:34 PM

        Previously, as stated in the linked post, the developers stated that the previously announced DLC would be released by February 2011.

        So, this would indicate content beyond that point because the end of the month is on Monday.

        Either way, we contacted Activision to confirm these claims.

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          February 26, 2011 4:15 PM

          Well they did kick down that awesome Pendulum pack for DJH2. Which I promptly purchased and played the fuck out of.

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      February 26, 2011 3:16 PM

      Too bad I will never buy DLC for a guitar hero product due to incompatibility between versions. I personally am glad that franchise died.

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        February 26, 2011 4:16 PM

        That was the single most reason I switched to Rock Band. Compatibility of RB1 - RB3 tracks and all DLC.

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        February 26, 2011 5:20 PM

        I was so glad they let the Death Magnetic album be played in GH:Metallica. I would have been so pissed.

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      February 26, 2011 5:10 PM

      Does anyone else feel like they're being scammed with this? It's like when MS announced they'd sold out of the Kinect, but every store I went to had them in stacks? They may have sold out to retailers, but that's not the same as selling out to consumers? But that didn't stop parents from rushing into retailers demanding to know if they had any left.

      This feels the same way. They say Guitar Hero is going away to get the name floating around, build press, get people anxious, and then use that as a way to generate good will when they go back on that decision. "See, they aren't so bad! They made us DLC! They listen!" Except most of us were glad to see them go away...

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        February 26, 2011 5:34 PM

        Did Microsoft ever announce they had sold out of Kinects? All they did was release a statement at some point about showing how much they had sold through to retailers. If anything they made constant assurances that supply would be able to keep up with demand.

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          February 27, 2011 3:29 PM

          Its not so much what they said, its how they said it and how they wanted to mislead you and create a perception that isnt true. and thats really where this is going...

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      February 27, 2011 7:24 AM

      This is all fallout from Weekend Confirmed, Shacknews now sways Activision board members with succinct well argued facts.

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        February 27, 2011 10:37 AM

        I feel like this is a panic reaction to the community reacting from Activision's financial call. One quote from Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg: "Given the considerable licensing and manufacturing costs associated with this genre, we simply cannot make these games profitably based on current economics and demand." ( http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/09/activision-no-new-music-or-skateboarding-games-this-year/ ).

        The official stance of that is that Activision will have no Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, or DJ Hero games for 2011, and that their music games business unit is closed down, 7 Studios got shut down, and Vicarious Visions underwent layoffs, but the logical conclusion drawn from that was "Guitar Hero is dead". That was literally the headline used by many news outlets, some of them from news organizations not in the usual gaming news sphere, such as Rolling Stone, NPR, etc. Activision had announced that day that they were only releasing the DLC that they had ready at the time ( http://www.shacknews.com/article/67469/ ), but I can imagine Activision PR looking at the response from gamers on the news, and thinking, "Oh crap, this is a disaster." Not just from the PR standpoint, but from breaking the expectations of track pack DLC for a game that was only on the market for a little over 4 months.

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      February 27, 2011 8:02 AM

      Had more respect for them when they where going to cancel these lame ducks. Whatever. Back to playing some real games. Fuck these turds.

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      February 27, 2011 10:20 AM

      I think Griffin McElroy at Joystiq said it best in his article: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/02/26/more-guitar-hero-and-dj-hero-dlc-coming-thanks-to-continued-sup/

      "...we'll let you know when we learn more. That is, after we scold Activision for playing with our emotions so recklessly. Seriously, this is like the time our parents told us our hamster died, and then a week later, told us that they were just kidding about the hamster thing, only we later found out that, yes, our hamster was actually totally dead the whole time."

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      February 28, 2011 5:05 AM

      This new shack layout is horrible.

      That is all.

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