Originally Posted by Thund3rball
GI Joe Rock Band FTW! lol
I would be inclined to believe Lego RB is going to be something totally different if that's what they were actually saying about it, but statements like this have "generic Rock Band with Lego people" spelled out in boldface type imo.
"LEGO Rock Band combines the multiplayer music experience of Rock Band® with the fun, customization and humor of the LEGO videogame franchise..."
So how is it Activision can crank out the Metallica, Van Halen, Aerosmith etc... games and RB gets The Beatles and... Lego? Why isn't Harmonix out hunting down more chart topping IPs? Look at this slide...
Notice anything? RB has 3 games, GH has more than I can count at a quick glance. WTF Harmonix, you want to survive you need to:
1. Make your instruments work with GH.
2. Release real games your fanbase wants, not watered down kiddie blends.
I want Harmonix to succeed, I like my RB instruments, I generally like the current library of music, I don't want to go have to go GH just to enjoy a greater library of fun... but they are not helping the situation imo.
This is an interesting point of view....because I'd argue that the Beatles are significantly more attractive and a chart topping IP. Much more so than Metallica or Aerosmith and even Van Halen.
If you check out the deck that that slide is sourced from, you will get some insight into Harmonix's strategy. Basically what Dan describes in the deck is that Activision is releasing 10 music games in a year - How does Harmonix compete with that and make money, without fatiguing the genre and harming their IP and Brand? Harmonix's strategy of competing is creating a few games that still compete, but compete in different segments of the market and/or bring something new to the genre. Activision is more of the opposite..which means cranking out as many games as possible and selling as many games as you can while the market is still interested in music games.
You see Harmonix trying to approach things in a new way when you see the rumors about Harmonies in Beatles Rock Band. Assuming that rumor is true, that's an example of them approaching problems in a different way and trying to provide new and exciting experiences in a music game. I think we'll see this more and more as we find out more about the Beatles game.
To your point about Music catalogue, Harmonix has a huge selection of songs. It's up to a few hundred now, a catalogue which is a lot bigger than the selection of songs available for Guitar Hero. Harmonix has adopted more of a platform approach to music games, where they create the game itself and then rapidly release more and more music for it.