All this after reading the post about how successful the DLC was and how there's 'Big Plans for RB in the Future'.. guess this counts as a big plan. Hope there IS a future.
RB animation needs luv & life:
Chk it out HMX!
ETA: Ooo I like how that looks. I think I'm going to rename my RB3 band to "Revel in Your Schadenfreude".
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Well Activision was successful in burning the genre to the ground huh. There wasn't room for 2 games and now it looks like we could end up with neither. Yes Harmonix spent money to make the best game possible, but the audience was split and oversaturated by the other guys. Too bad. I hope it works out, but it's expect the worst hope for the best for me.
It's not Harmonix fault that you shut ins don't have friends to do the harmonies with.
A Viacom spokesperson informed Joystiq, "All we can say at this point is that Rock Band and Dance Central DLC will continue as planned and we will continue to fully support their releases."
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The contents of the above post are likely sarcastic.
Not much love for EA in this thread...pretty much gloom and doom / blessing for Activision.
Think of it this way...
EA tried to take on Activision with the reboot of the Medal of Honor franchise...EA now has egg all over their face from that. CoD:BOps killed MoH.
EA needs something to battle Activision with. Guitar Hero was another one of those "staple" franchises in the ATVI portfolio. RB could give EA a leg up on ATVI with the purchase of HMX and the IP.
The quarterly statements over the last three years are actually a good thing when you think about it. Viacom is not going to be able to ask for truckloads of cash for a product that hasn't been raking in the dough. It will open the door to other suitors.
To me HMX is almost like a Tier 2 free agent (not a first round draft pick as noted earlier).
Ideally, as has already been noted, HMX needs to be acquired by someone that has revenue streams from somewhere other than video games. The fact that Viacom wants to get out of the video game business and focus on their other core businesses means just that.
I could see someone like a Disney or other large name corporation that already has their fingers in the video game industry, but doesn't get all of their bread buttered there.
For those of you talking about Microsoft buying them (and scaring the PS3 / Wii users), what about the flip side...Sony purchasing them and shutting out the Xbox owners! (I don't see either of those being truly viable...but out of the two, MS may make more sense because of the already noted Kinect relationship with Dance Central).
Rather than panic, I'm going to kick back and wait and see how things play out. I don't forsee anything happening for the next few quarters.
Oh, and Viacon reclassified the business so that moving forward, they do not have to report on gains / losses, not so they can shutter the doors (but that COULD happen if nobody steps up and offers cash for HMX).
One last note. As an ATVI shareholder, I will vote NO to the purchase of HMX if given the opportunity. I don't want a merger of the IPs.