Good news, all fans of the plastic guitar. Sony has said that the peripherals for upcoming instalments in the Guitar Hero
and Rock Band
, as well as Konami's Rock Revolution
series will have cross-game functionality.
In a post over on PlayStation Blog, Michael Shorrock (director of publisher relations here at Sony Computer Entertainment America) tells us that, "For the past several months, we have been working closely with Neversoft and Activision, Harmonix and Konami to ensure that PlayStation 3 guitars and drum sets will all feature a basic level of gameplay compatibility."
Getting more specific, he goes on to state, "A few specific examples include: Guitar Hero: World Tour
?s guitars and drums will work with Rock Band 2
and Konami?s Rock Revolution
"And yes, you guessed it, Rock Band 2
?s guitar and drum set will work with Guitar Hero: World Tour
and with Rock Revolution
"Conversely, Rock Revolution
?s drum set will work with both Guitar Hero: World Tour
and Rock Band 2
Additionally, he points out that both GHWT and Rock Band 2
will be compatible with the SingStar
Frankly, it makes sense for all concerned. With increasing numbers of similar rhythm games hitting the market, the cost of new peripherals could prove prohibitive in getting gamers to invest in more than one franchise.
Shorrock also tells us, "We?re still working hard to ensure compatibility between the Guitar Hero and Rock Band titles currently on the market, and we hope to have an announcement on that shortly."
There will remain features exclusive to each game that might not work with the other's controller, but SPOnG reckons we can all safely say that this is a step in the right direction.
Quite where this will leave things on the Xbox 360, however, remains to be seen.