The plot thickens! Harmonix claimed that Activision was blocking the release of a PS3 patch that would allow Guitar Hero III guitars to work in Rock Band. Now Activision is biting back:
To Music Gaming Fans:
The recent announcement by MTV Games/Viacom's Harmonix division that Activision is blocking Sony from releasing a patch and their plea to enable Rock Band software to work with Guitar Hero hardware paints a very misleading picture.
In fact, Harmonix and its parent company MTV Games/Viacom recently declined Activision's offer to reach an agreement that would allow the use of Guitar Hero guitar controllers with Rock Band. We have been and remain open to discussions with Harmonix and MTV Games/Viacom about the use of our technology in Rock Band. Unfortunately for Rock Band users, in this case Harmonix and MTV Games/Viacom are unwilling to discuss an agreement with Activision.
Activision's top priority is to provide consumers with a seamless marriage of best-in-class hardware and software. We are focusing our efforts on innovating hardware and software that are designed to work together, work flawlessly and provide an enjoyable gaming experience.
Activision apparently wants to reach some sort of agreement (read: money) with MTV Games, but Harmonix claims that they already have a working patch.
At the end of the day, guess who suffers... the consumer. Boo on you, Activision.