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Lack of innovation helped cause Guitar Hero and Rock Band's downfall says Harmonix boss

It's not entirely Activision's fault says Alex Rigopulos

Harmonix boss Alex Rigopulos has been musing on the reasons for the downfall of the rhythm-action genre.

As boss of the studio that created both Guitar Hero and Rock Band Rigopulos knows only too well what happened to cause both series to be put on hiatus.

He explained in a Reddit AMA session, "I think there's probably some truth to the notion that Activision 'over-published' Guitar Hero. But I wouldn't agree that the decline of the genre was 'entirely the fault of Activision.'” Lack of innovation helped cause Guitar Hero and Rock Band's downfall says Harmonix boss

“Reality is always more complicated than this,” he continued. “For example, it didn't help that GH and RB were the most expensive video games on the market during a brutal recession. I also don't think that either GH or RB delivered enough (or the right kind of) evolution of the experience in the years that followed the initial releases--something we hope to address at some point in the next outing."

Harmonix is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the PS3 and PS4 remakes of their classic PS2 rhythm-action game Amplitude. Alas it has only raised 382,439 USD of its target 775,000 USD target with just four days left to go.

Thanks GamesIndustry International.

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