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Rumor: Activision Prepping Hard Rock: Van Halen And Band Hero

The Guitar Hero franchise has become a smash success for Activision, and this means you will only see more installments and spin-offs in the years to come. This month, we get Guitar Hero: Metallica, and the next...well, there are a few things to talk about, apparently.

According to Eurogamer, Activision Publishing president and CEO Mike Griffith spoke about a few of the relevant upcoming projects. We already know about Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits, but Griffith had much more up his sleeve. Fans of the franchise; keep those fingers loose and accurate...said Griffith:

"As we look at that back half of the year we expect to release the majority of our games. Starting with the Guitar Hero franchise, we'll launch a major restage of the business, with all-new differentiated Guitar Hero products, plus the launch of DJ Hero, a line extension that enhances the franchise."

Not long after this initial report, Eurogamer cited a "source close to the publisher" and said that Guitar Hero 5 will launch this September, while DJ Hero will follow in October. Then, they talk about Hard Rock: Van Halen in August and Band Hero in November, which has caused some confusion. Why it's not called Guitar Hero: Van Halen is still a mystery, and we haven't heard anything about Band Hero. So far, we've seen no confirmation from Activision on either of these two currently unannounced titles, but both certainly seem plausible. We could use an explanation, that's all.

We will say that Van Halen does seem like yet another logical choice. We'll always be partial to the David Lee Roth iteration of that band, but Hagar and Co. had some great stuff, too. Besides, without Eddie Van Halen, many later guitar stars may never have picked up the instrument.  What student of the guitar hasn't wanted to step into Van Halen's shoes at one time or another?

3/9/2009 Ben Dutka

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Godslim
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 11:46:29 AM
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man they are milking this whole guitar hero thing to the max!

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SarahPalinMILF
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 2:19:16 PM

you mean to the mad max...

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Phoelix
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 3:23:54 PM

No kidding.

The worst part of it is that all they really have to do to make a new $60 game is make character models for a new band and include some new songs. They don't have to improve graphics, gameplay, or anything else. The name alone sells the game now.

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Godslim
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 3:41:33 PM

yeh all they really have to do is add new songs lol

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Phoelix
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 5:56:52 PM

I wonder if Guitar Hero's udders are starting to hurt.

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jaybiv
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 12:05:27 PM
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The only time I wanted to be in Eddie's shoes was when he first married Val!

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LimitedVertigo
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 2:24:34 PM
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These Games SUCK!@#

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kidgrid
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 2:36:14 PM
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I will absolutely buy a VH guitar hero. I somewhat agree with Limited though. These games are only fun with friends over. Anybody play these often by themselves?

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Reccaman18
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 2:43:49 PM

I do :)

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Reccaman18
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 2:44:37 PM
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I want a Guitar Hero: Megadeth. I think that would be pretty plausible.

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Godslim
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 3:42:15 PM

lol i would buy a GUITAR HERO IRON MAIDEN myself :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 4:39:35 PM
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I wants Insane Clown Posse Hero!

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Zemus101
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 8:29:45 PM
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Band Hero? That's what the next full yearly version is called? I always thought World Tour 2 was for sure gonna be what it was called hmmm.... odd

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Arkhon
Monday, March 09, 2009 @ 9:24:54 PM
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Wow. I kind of figured that they would milk the Guitar Hero franchise, although I didn't expect that they would make a DJ Hero. I guess they had to target the hip-hop crowd eventually, but I wish it wasn't in so undignified a manner as this. I'm glad Harmonix hasn't quite started with Rock Band yet.

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PS3addict
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 @ 9:34:43 AM
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Well they did just announce that on 9-9-9 they are releasing "The Beatles Rock band"... This is a first day buy for me!
Reading up on it, I do not think it will be a spin off like GHA or GHM but a entirely new game. There are even rumors of a rewrite of the rockband engine for this game.

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