This week Harmonix claimed that the reason there is no patch to allow Guitar Hero 3 guitars to work on the PlayStation 3 version of Rock Band is Activision's meddling;now Activision has fired back at the Rock Band developer. "The recent announcement by MTV Games/Viacom's Harmonix division that Activision is blocking Sony from releasing a patch and their plea to enable Rock Band software to work with Guitar Hero hardware paints a very misleading picture," Activision states.
ButActivision never says that the allegations of patch-blocking are false, either. "In fact, Harmonix and its parent company MTV Games/Viacom recently declined Activision's offer to reach an agreement that would allow the use of Guitar Hero guitar controllers with Rock Band," the statement continues. "We have been and remain open to discussions with Harmonix and MTV Games/Viacom about the use of our technology in Rock Band. Unfortunately for Rock Band users, in this case Harmonix and MTV Games/Viacom are unwilling to discuss an agreement with Activision."
Reading between the lines, it sounds like Activision asked for a sack of cash and Harmonix said no. While the companies bicker amongst themselves it's the gamers who suffer; with no first or third-party Rock Band guitars on store shelves for the PlayStation 3, rhythm gamers were looking forward to using their existing guitars on the game. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we're any closer to that being a reality.
In the meantime, this may be costing Activision business. "Simply put: GH3 is off my Christmas list," one reader commented yesterday. Another reader noted that Rock Band would have made him more likely to buy Guitar Hero 3: "Activision has eliminated me as a potential customer. I was otherwise unlikely to buy the game, but because of Rock Band and the extra guitar, I would have."