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It seems GamingToday was right on the money about Activision’s true motivations behind the problems with releasing a patch to allow Guitar Hero III guitar controllers to be used with Rock Band.
“Unfortunately for Rock Band users, Harmonix has been unwilling to discuss an agreement that will allow us to provide that option in a manner that maintains the high standards people have come to expect from Activision,” company spokesperson Maryanne Lataif told The Boston Globe.“We believe we should be compensated for the use of our technology,” she said.
Harmonix, which claims to have already created a patch to allow controller compatibility, says that it only wants what’s best for gamers.
“We are really and truly not looking at this from the financial standpoint,” said company spokeswoman Spencer Saltonstall. “We are looking at this from the consumer standpoint.”
She adds that there are 7,000 Chinese workers assembling guitar controllers for Rock Band at this moment and consumers can expect them to be on shelves next month.
Ironically the Xbox 360 version of the game which is compatible with the Guitar Hero III controller has only sold 68,000 copies. The PS3 version of Rock Band has sold over 247,000 copies.
“I think they’re all sods,” PS3 RockBand owner Tom Bramwell told GamesIndustry.biz sister site Eurogamer.net.
“The irony is that I only bought the Guitar Hero III PS3 controller so I could use it with Rock Band instead of the Fender Stratocaster bundled with the Harmonix game itself. In other words, I extended my custom with Activision in order to do a thing it is now prohibiting out of a desire to prevent itself losing my custom.”