Guitar Hero 7 (cancelled rhythm game; 2011)


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Guitar Hero 7
A screenshot of some of the songs that would've been in the game.
A screenshot of some of the songs that would've been in the game.
Status Cancelled

Guitar Hero is a multi-billion dollar video game franchise published by Activision, in which the player hits musical notes by strumming a plastic guitar controller.

However, in 2011, Activision expected to release a seventh game in the series, developed by Vicarious Visions. This game would have featured a plastic controller with six buttons instead of the normal five, and six guitar strings where the strum bar would have been. The game would only have the guitar as a playable instrument, much like the earlier installments of the franchise. However, the game development was extremely rushed, and the game was cancelled for being a "disaster".[1]

Gameplay

Guitar Hero 7 would have featured dynamic music videos with animated backgrounds, with each song having its own video.[1]

Cancellation of the Guitar Hero franchise

In February 2011, Activision cancelled the Guitar Hero franchise because the company had made too many installments for the franchise since acquiring it in 2007. The franchise had gotten stale with no innovations (except for expanding into full-band gameplay), and sales were dwindling, which was one of the main reasons for Activision to place the Guitar Hero franchise on a four-year hiatus.

In July 2014, Activision shuttered Neversoft, the game developer that had developed the Guitar Hero franchise since 2007.

Potential soundtrack

According to a source that communicated with a Kotaku writer, Guitar Hero 7 would have featured songs such as "Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground, "Turn the Page" by Metallica, "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" by The Darkness, "Closing Time" by Semisonic, and various other "terrible" 90's songs.[1]

In January 2015, Twitter user Doctor Cupcakes posted two images of several songs that would have been featured in the game, such as "Disposable Heroes" by Metallica.[2][3] On February 15, 2015, Episode 3 of the Unseen64 podcast was released on Patreon to exclusive customers. This episode contained some information on the cancelled video game.[4]

Doctor Cupcakes also posted a video of unknown songs by The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, and Ramones on Vine.

Rock Gamer talks about the Guitar Hero 7 soundtrack.

Reboot of the franchise

In April 2015, Activision announced a true seventh installment of the Guitar Hero franchise. Titled Guitar Hero Live, this video game uses live-action musicians and music video backgrounds instead of CGI characters. This game was released on October 20, 2015 to positive reviews.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://kotaku.com/5965684/guitar-hero-7-was-going-to-have-six-string-guitars-no-drums-no-singing-was-cancelled-in-2011
  2. https://twitter.com/doctor_cupcakes/status/561168851287957504
  3. https://twitter.com/Doctor_Cupcakes/status/567328140398428160
  4. https://www.patreon.com/unseen64/posts?month=2015-2

Comments


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NomiKiara

3 months ago
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This video says that this website (that no longer exists) has leaked photos but I'm not sure if it's legit or not

https://www....=AVoUczQnwNE
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Mewtwowimmer

3 months ago
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I saw that site a couple years ago. It's legitimate.
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Anonymous user #1

3 months ago
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Another reason for this game's cancellation (until 2015) was the dying in popularity and declining sales of its series Guitar Hero. After the surprising successful launch of its third installment in 2007, Activision kept ordering more sequels and spin-offs to the franchise (a fate similar to Rock Band until it was rebooted in 2015) that cover specific bands (I.E Metallica, Aerosmith and Van Halen) or cover a specific decade (I.E Rock the 80's and Smash Hits) without changing the gameplay as it was starting to get stale (though they added drums, a bassist and a singer) and released too many games at a time where people couldn't buy all of the games (there were a total of five Guitar Hero games total in 2009).

All of this lead to a sharp decline in people buying and playing the games because of no major innovations in gameplay and the expense of actually getting the game that comes with the plastic guitar. And until the series was rebooted in 2015 and this installment's cancellation, the series was pretty much dead and a prime example of why you shouldn't release too many games for a series in a single year with no innovation.
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Mewtwowimmer

3 months ago
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Um... Smash Hits was the full-band version of the guitar-only songs. I think you meant Modern Hits.
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Anonymous user #1

3 months ago
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Yeah, I meant to say Modern Hits, but I put in Smash Hits by mistake.
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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i like eating glue
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Mewtwowimmer

3 months ago
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I beg your pardon?
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Anonymous user #2

3 months ago
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you heard me
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Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
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I aren't your moms glue last night
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Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
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thats rude man i just wanted to talk about how yummmy glue is uhngnnyuntnfyuhguijks
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VampiroYoshi

2 months ago
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GG Activision. Buddy Holly and My Name Is Jonas are in separate genres but they're from the same album. I'm not surprised this was cancelled, the series was stagnant.
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TheQuestion

2 months ago
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I'm pretty sure I have the game informer where this game had a write up to hype it up, I'm not certain if that will bring anything new to light about the game. If anyone is interested I can get it from my storage unit.
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Mewtwowimmer

2 months ago
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Sure, go ahead.
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