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Guitar/DJ/Band Hero DLC Catalogues Getting Unplugged at the End of March

Posted by Tim Latshaw

One last encore of a sale until then

There was once a time when the rhythm game genre brought about by Guitar Hero felt like it would last forever, clacky plastic instruments with rainbow buttons becoming a living room or game room mainstay. Unfortunately, it just wasn't meant to be, with many of those instruments lying silent in closets and on thrift store shelves.

Today, an announcement from the Guitar Hero Facebook page sounded another death knell to the genre, as it revealed the downloadable songs for Guitar Hero, Band Hero and DJ Hero titles will no longer be available after 31st March. The removal applies to all consoles and systems.

According to the announcement, servers will remain online and all previously purchased music and content will still be playable after the deadline. As a last hurrah, select songs will be 50 percent off on the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 catalogues for the next two weeks. Download 'em if you want 'em!

Will you be dusting off the instruments and picking up some DLC tracks before they're gone, or have you still been rocking vigilantly all along? Let us know.

[via facebook.com]

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User Comments (33)

Tasuki

#1

Tasuki said:

The only one I have ever bought and played was Guitar Hero Metallica and that was only because it was Metallica. Still if you are a fan and still play them and dont have that DLC that is a great deal.

Angelic_Lapras_King

#2

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Had to happen eventually. Must be costing Activision a fortune to pay the music companies to keep those tracks on the servers.

GOM1

#3

GOM1 said:

When I heard that Wii's online was going down soon, this was what I first thought of. Now it is coming true. I better get on and download some songs soon then.

DerpSandwich

#6

DerpSandwich said:

This is a bummer. You would think that if they were shutting it down forever, they would have a better sale than "50% off select titles". How about 80% off ALL titles? Do you have any idea how much music I would buy?

FilmerNgameR

#8

FilmerNgameR said:

Aahh Guitar Hero....I wish I was old enough back then when it was new and popular because it was a blast watching my older cousins play these games which made me want to try out too but I never got a console cause I was too "young". Too bad its dead now I really would go for a new guitar hero on Wii U right now. ;)

2Sang

#9

2Sang said:

No! I haven't downloaded any DJ hero dlc yet, which I admit I should have done 3 years ago. The dj hero series is one of the best game series I ever played and probably my all-time favorite third party game ever released on a nintendo console.

ToniK

#12

ToniK said:

I had some fun once with the DS version of some GH. The extra peripheral was neat. I prefer playing a real one though. Anyways, it's kind of sad to see things shutting down.

Banker-Style

#15

Banker-Style said:

While it isn't te day the music died, it's still prettu said to see, as I have many hundreds of hours playing these fun games, but most the dlc I've got is on Rock Band.

I would be great if they brought back guitar Hero and DJ Hero for one last hurrah.

McHaggis

#17

McHaggis said:

It seems like a strange move. I guess they're not selling much DLC these days, but would it do any harm just leaving it there?

I don't play much anymore, but most of my DLC was for Rock Band anyway, which worked better with my V-Drums.

StarDust4Ever

#18

StarDust4Ever said:

Another one down,
And another one down,
Another one bites the dust!

Seriously, people think the "Cloud" lasts forever? All DLC will be abandonware someday. Just sad... :'(

Grumblevolcano

#19

Grumblevolcano said:

@McHaggis The problem is licensing. All music game DLC is licensed for a certain time period and once that time is up it has to either be removed or relicensed. The last GH DLC was released April 12th 2011 so I'd guess Activision decided not to relicense. HMX took a different approach for Rock Band and has been relicensing songs of which most songs have been kept so far.

Grumblevolcano

#21

Grumblevolcano said:

@RantingThespian No, Guitar Hero and Rock Band are separate franchises owned by different companies. If you're referring to my last comment, DLC is relicensed each quarter for Rock Band so we'll likely see whether the Beatles DLC stays in November.

UnseatingKDawg

#22

UnseatingKDawg said:

Well, the final end of the era. Such a shame, really. Guitar Hero is one of my favorite series. Maybe if they didn't oversaturate the market in 2009, they probably would've lasted a little bit longer.

ajcismo

#23

ajcismo said:

Just like when an old celebrity dies, I had no idea GH was still breathing. Its still fun to dust off every now and then for a good party laugh.

bezerker99

#24

bezerker99 said:

I'm going to get all the songs I always wanted but never downloaded!

Nice curtain call, gentlemen! :3

MadAdam81

#25

MadAdam81 said:

While Harmonix.did Guitar Hero 1 and 2, Activision took the franchise off them and handed it to what's their names who did the Tony Hawks games. From that point on, Guitar Hero started its long trajectory to death, never able to succeed at poor rip offs of Harmonix work. It's probably been a year since anyone actually bought GH DLC.
Also, when Rockband don't relicense songs, you don't lose your ownership and I think you can redownload, but I'm not sure. With GH, I assume they will take all downloads offline as well, so I don't know if there really would be any point buying any of the DLC. RB has had many songs at half price, I just wish the Australian classifications system could be made to be like the US one so we could get the Rockband Network here.

Dark-Link73

#26

Dark-Link73 said:

"...all previously purchased music and content will still be playable after the deadline."

Wait, so you're telling me that the all the DOWNLOADABLE Content I purchased for Guitar Hero and "downloaded" to my SD card is not really "downloaded" but actually cloud-based content!?!? And you still have the gaul to ask me to give you more money for a content that is bound to stop working in a year our two!?!?

Thanks but no thanks.

Cinaclov

#27

Cinaclov said:

@Dark-Link73 ...uhh, what are you talking about? The bit you quoted states that everything you've downloaded will still be playable after the deadline. Meaning it's downloaded, on your machine, and nothing's going to happen to stop you from playing it. It's just the servers providing new downloads that'll be stopped; you wont be able to buy any new songs to accompany those ones you've already got.

As for me, there's a part of me that wants to go and pick some stuff up, there's some good songs on there the last time I checked, but the infrequency that I play GH combined with the fact that this would require me to put funds onto my Wii means I'll probably pass. If I had VC points spare I'd probably use them up on this, but it's not something I'd go out of my way to take advantage of.

Dark-Link73

#28

Dark-Link73 said:

@Cinaclov That's what I've always thought, but the way he stated "...all previously purchased music and content will still be playable after the deadline." made it sound that the DLC content will be playable only for a limited time until all GH, BH, and DJH are eventually shut down.

It's not my fault that the way companies' PR representatives communicate can be sometimes misconstrued.

Luke8400

#29

Luke8400 said:

I honestly really enjoyed the rhythm game genre, and I'm sad that it's gone and doesn't show much of a sign of returning for the current gen, not right now anyway. There are still songs that were never released as DLC in RB/GH that I would love to play, as well as recent songs that will likely never see the light of day in a rhythm game. While I do think they oversaturated the market by flooding it with so many sequels and versions, there were still missed opportunities--imagine buying a new record and getting a code to download the entire thing on Rock Band as well. Or, integrating the game with last.fm and scrobbling a marathon session. Rock Band Network never reached its full potential either, particularly since it primarily catered to just one platform. It's unfortunate that it'll likely be labeled a fad and that our old plastic instruments will collect dust without new DLC, until we bust them out again with family and friends for old times sake. RIP RB/GH.

Marioman64

#30

Marioman64 said:

and here we have yet another incentive to hack and download dlc since there will be no other way to get it. way to go guys

IIMIkII

#31

IIMIkII said:

this might be off topic but I'm looking for someone to play some coop metallica online with me. On xbox 360. Hit me up if your down. My gamertag is IIIIIIMikIIIIII , shoot me a message and lets kick some donkey. Those are i's by the way. :)
Please watch the profanity — TBD

eviLaTtenDant

#32

eviLaTtenDant said:

And it's over now.
Sadly i couldn't set aside enough time so i couldn't download all i'd have wanted.
Anyway, big thanks for letting us know, @TimLatshaw.
If the same were to happen to the uberawesome Rock Band Store one day i hope you guys will handle it in the same way. :)

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