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Published on February 9th, 2007 | by Daniel David

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Good and Bad news for Guitar Hero

I’ll start with the good news first. Nintendo Wii and DS owners are about to be happy because Guitar Hero is heading to both platforms in the future. Given the Wii’s motion controller, I wonder how there going to pull this off. The guitar they have rocks already I wonder if trying to add motion (if they’re going to) will really make the gameplay better. It may be easier for the DS. If anybody who’s played Elite Beat Agents (which is pretty fun) is music type game using the stylus could work out fine Guitar Hero should too. NeverSoft should be handling development for at least one or both of this titles.

Now the bad news, Activision has sued The Ant Commandos, with a complaint filed in US District Court in Los Angeles last month, Three Guitar Hero developers and PR firm Reverb Communications were also named as defendants. Activision is accusing the three workers of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, misappropriating trade secrets and confidential information, breach of contract, interference with contractual relations, and more.

The publisher has already obtained a temporary restraining order against the developers, preventing them from distributing a demo Tam created. The demo incorporated elements of Guitar Hero and StepMania, a free dance game for the PC that supports dance pads and includes a step editor. The restraining order also prevents them from “taking any steps to develop, market, manufacture, sell, or distribute any guitar or drum based video games,” unless The Ant Commandos can produce evidence that such a game was developed without the involvement of the trio or Reverb Communications.

Furthermore, the three developers are prevented from using or disclosing any knowledge of Activision trade secrets they have. The order specifically mentions things like contract terms for music licensing and in-game advertising, sales figures, marketing plans, product designs, and possible future songs and artists to be featured. They are also restrained from taking any steps to develop a guitar controller for the Xbox 360 edition of Guitar Hero II until the game has been on shelves for at least three months.

Finally, the developers have been ordered not to solicit Activision employees, partners, or Asia-based manufacturing vendors.

It doesn’t look good for the people being sued but worse thing for gamers is that the guitar controller for the Xbox 360 edition of Guitar Hero II won’t see the light of day until three months after the game is in stores. Good luck for the defendants, they’ll need it.

Source: Gamespot: Wii and DS version of Guitar Hero and Lawsuit.


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  • its mouse foo

    yah know…the second they said Guitar hero 2 would not be XBL supported…I lost alllllll interest in it.

    so nuts to them

  • its mouse foo

    yah know…the second they said Guitar hero 2 would not be XBL supported…I lost alllllll interest in it.

    so nuts to them

  • Xlom3000

    If I remember correctly though, that’s just the third party controller that won’t be released until three months after the game. Activision is trying to weed out the compitition brought on by third party controlers over theirs which to be honest doesn’t bother me because the guitars for hero 1 and 2 that came with it were better than any of the third party ones I used.

  • Xlom3000

    If I remember correctly though, that’s just the third party controller that won’t be released until three months after the game. Activision is trying to weed out the compitition brought on by third party controlers over theirs which to be honest doesn’t bother me because the guitars for hero 1 and 2 that came with it were better than any of the third party ones I used.

  • Double D

    It’s third party but that’s money that they are still going to lose since Guitar Hero is pretty popular. Its never bad to have a choice since some people like first party and some like third. I’m sure most people are not going to wait 3 months for a guitar controller.

  • Double D

    It’s third party but that’s money that they are still going to lose since Guitar Hero is pretty popular. Its never bad to have a choice since some people like first party and some like third. I’m sure most people are not going to wait 3 months for a guitar controller.

  • Sypher

    A controller for a game that already has plenty. In any arena this would not work. But do to the games overwhelming popularity i think that the hardcore -Guitar God- Level players may spend the money on it. Negative profit for the poor company that created it.

    On another note ever played this game on guitar god mode? Let me till you one thing, It’s by far the hardest level of skill required for any game i’ve played.

  • Sypher

    A controller for a game that already has plenty. In any arena this would not work. But do to the games overwhelming popularity i think that the hardcore -Guitar God- Level players may spend the money on it. Negative profit for the poor company that created it.

    On another note ever played this game on guitar god mode? Let me till you one thing, It’s by far the hardest level of skill required for any game i’ve played.

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