Guitar Hero Live was announced yesterday, meaning the Rock Band vs. Guitar Hero fight is well and truly back on.
One thing that Rock Band 4 is purporting to do is allow you to use every single Rock Band 3 DLC you’ve already purchased. Harmonix are even looking at trying to make your older instruments compatable too.
Sadly, Guitar Hero Live isn’t going to be doing any of that. Speaking to Eurogamer, creative director on the game Jamie Jackson explained why not:
We recognise times have changed. It’s not our intention to put another disc out next year. And the same with the guitar. This guitar is the one we want to have for a long time.
It’s our intention that we’re going to launch this game in 2015 and with GHTV we’re going to be able to constantly give you new music really quickly. And we can see what you enjoy as well and we can respond to that. If we in the studio discover some music we think is really rad, we can give it to you as well.
It’s not 2010 any more. There are not many other games that let you use stuff you bought back then in their games now. The difference with this is, it’s completely different gameplay. So, quite simply, the DLC you bought just won’t work. The guitar is different. The way we’ve presented it is different.
Honestly, I get where he is coming from. This is an entirely new set up in song delivery and the controller uses an entirely new control scheme. It would be impossible to port over the songs.
Having said that though, when your main competitor is offering people the content they paid for previously and you’re not, that is the kind of thing that may well tip the scales in their favour.