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Rumor: The Guitar Hero Franchise… Not as Discontinued as We Thought?

June 8, 2011 Written by Mike Hartnett

It was announced months ago that Activision would be discontinuing their formerly successful Guitar Hero franchise, along with the highly rated DJ Hero franchise. Well, if the Pachman himself, Michael Pachter, is to be believed, one of these franchises may be poised for a comeback sooner, rather than later.

It was thought that the Guitar Hero franchise was officially considered dead, but that may not be the case. Speaking in an interview with GTTV’s Geoff Keighley, video games market analyst Michael Pachter accidentally let it slip that Activision was planning on producing a new Guitar Hero title for the Wii U.

Here were Pachter’s comments from the interview:

I walked out with the guy who runs Guitar Hero, and I said I can’t believe that that’s not on Wii U, and he goes “It’ll be on Wii U, but we’re not gonna announce that yet”. So, there you go.

After Keighley caught the slip up, Pachter immediately tossed out a brief apology with a “Sorry Dave!”. While not as awkward as Phil Harrison’s premature reveal for Loco Roco 2, it did prove to raise some eyebrows. Considering the power behind Nintendo’s upcoming console, would that mean that a new Guitar Hero title might also be slated to hit the PS3 and 360 somewhere down the line? Only time will tell.

Of course, this should be taken with a large grain of salt, and should only be seen as a rumor considering Pachter’s track record with predictions.

Is this just a brief comment taken out of context and blown out of proportion? Or is there a real chance that we could be looking at yet another Guitar Hero title? Let us know what you think in the comments below! And be sure to stay tuned all this week for PlayStation LifeStyle’s continuing E3 coverage!