Unseen64 uncovers Guitar Hero MMO from 20100 Comments
It's a bit hard to remember now, but there was definitely a time when Activision were absolutely killing it thanks to the Guitar Hero franchise. After the first few titles, they pursued all manner of spin-offs, such as new "Hero" games like DJ Hero and Band Hero. Of course, this oversaturation led to the eventual demise of all these peripheral-based rhythm products for years.
During their heyday, it appears Activision were planning to add yet another Hero game into the mix. This would have been Hero World — an MMO meant to bring all these franchises together. Hero World was designed as a browser-based title that would allow players to import characters from their games. Once there, they would work to create a club that pulled in increasing numbers of NPCs. This, in turn, would generate currency to use for further club enhancements.
One key component of Hero World was to get players of console games such as DJ Hero 2 to perform in these MMO clubs. By doing so, they would receive extra monetary bonuses (to spend on in-game cosmetics) in the console title. The functionality was planned to work for gamers running Hero titles on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Wii. However, Hero World never made its way out.
The developers were just a few months into the prototype stage when Activision canceled all Hero-branded products currently in development. This left Hero World as an unfinished MMO never to see the light of day. The story is certainly intriguing, so check out the Unseen64 video if you'd like to learn even more.