thatmarkguy;4171234 said:That's exactly my concern. That's exactly what I read into it. That someone else will support the product after the sale.If the product was staying with HMX, they would continue to support it even after the sale.If someone else will be supporting the product after the sale, the implication is that the product is not HMX property and will not be included in the sale. Viacom will probably outsource 'support' (a call center), but this would appear to be the end of support as we know it - DLC and software patches.
Flawless;4171236 said:Not sure Viacom wants to hold onto the IP considering they are leaving the video games business.
HuckleCat;4171225 said:Is it Activison, and if so, will there be an "exodus" of "main" people leaving the company? I'd hate for this all to end with a hollow shell of a name brand being bastardized by NeverSoft.I hear the people who own Bethesda are currently into buying new devs.
Umpa;4171262 said:Please don't let Activision buy this. We all see what happened to the GH Series. Long Live Harmonix!
Shredded;4171271 said:I'm not convinced a deal with Activision is as bad as everyone believes.Product consolidation (assuming Rock Band/DLC survives), end of exclusivity, less glut of products (better release cycles) ...It might work out ... just maybe ... maybe? :-)
Shredded;4171271 said:I'm not convinced a deal with Activision is as bad as everyone believes.
AtreyuKun;4171279 said:But I hate hate the GH engine. Hate the way it plays and looks. They wouldn't keep the games separate; it would all be GH more than likely. Right?
Flawless;4171288 said:The best possible outcome is that Apples (The company, not the lovable scallywag moderator) buy Harmonix.Rock Band - iTunes connection and bundle deals on purchases. ... no?
The0ldMan;4171267 said:Will you guys continue to be the most awesomest developers in the rhythm gaming industry? That's all that matters. As long as you're making awesome games, I'll buy 'em.
ThatAuthoringGroup;4171309 said:Harmonix and Rock Band are just too god damned awesome to disappear.
It's still too early to say who might be in line to purchase Harmonix, but as CVG notes, Cowen & Company analyst Doug Creutz is already making an obvious guess: "We speculated several weeks ago that, given the declines in the music genre, it would make sense to (re)combine the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, thus we believe Activision Blizzard is a potential buyer."Indeed, both Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and (at least according to the few initial results so far) Rock Band 3 have met with fewer sales than past games in their respective franchises.
HMXJohnD;4171164 said:As stated earlier, Viacom is in discussions with several potential buyers and will continue to fully support the business until a sale is completed.
thatmarkguy;4171195 said:The implication there is that support for the business ends when the sale is completed. Think that's a sign that Viacom is keeping the IP.