Community manager John Drake took to the Rock Band community forums saying the developer was sad to hear of its dimise and wished good luck to those who lost jobs in the process.
The discontinuation of Guitar Hero is discouraging news for fans of the band game genre," said Drake.
"As retail sales of Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles have slowed with time, we’ve been focused on building a robust digital platform for music gaming and have recently crested 2,500 songs available for play within Rock Band 3."
Drake went on talk up the relaunch of Rock Band Network which adds keyboard, pro drum and vocal harmony support before reminding Guitar Hero fans that their plastic instruments are likely to be compatible with the Rock Band series.
"In short, the beat of Rock Band marches on. We’re continuing to invest in the franchise and the brand that we have built, and will do our best to serve all loyal band game fans."
"For rhythm gamers out there who haven’t yet given Rock Band a chance, Rock Band 3 software is compatible with a wide range of instruments, including most Guitar Hero controllers. Looking to the future, for fans that want to switch, we’d happily welcome you over into the world of Rock Band."
But there’s no bad blood between Harmonix and Neversoft despite being in constant competition for many years:
"It’s been a wild battle of the bands since 2007, but we respect and appreciate all of the hard work and innovation of our peers who have shared the music gaming space with us, and we look forward to rocking in the future."
Activision announced this week is would be axing its Guitar Hero division and pulling any future DLC for the forseeable future.
Rock Band 3 is available on most major platforms.
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