Activision Is Shutting Down Guitar Hero Live

Guitar Hero Live
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If you've been enjoying Guitar Hero Live and taking part in the GHTV mode, you won't be able to do so for much longer. The GHTV and the accompanying servers attached to the Guitar Hero Live app will be shutting down by the end of the year.

According to a post on the Activision support page, as of June 1st, 2018 the Guitar Hero Live app for iOS devices is no longer available for download. If you already have the app for your device, you can still play the game on your smartphone. The support page does note that if you decide to update the operating system software for your smart device, it may render Guitar Hero Live inoperable.

The in-game purchases were also shut down back on June 1st, 2018, as well, meaning that players can no longer purchase items using real money from the cash shop. However, if you already have Hero Cash, you can still use it in the in-game shops up until the servers shut down for good.

Also, the GHTV mode and online modes will completely close starting December 1st, 2018. So you'll have another six months to get in some game time and have some fun playing Guitar Hero Live with your friends and family while it's still up and available.

All of the premium content that people purchased as part of the premium GHTV experience will be available up to November 30th, 2018 and will then be inaccessible starting December 1st, 2018 for Playstation and Xbox owners. The mobile app version of the game will also be accessible up through November 30th, so long as players don't update their iOS software.

Activision also made it where the app for the game is no longer available to download from the iTunes App Store. You can, however, re-download the app if you already acquired it by getting it from the cloud services.

Guitar Hero Live originally came out back in the fall of 2015 for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, and Xbox One, along with a version of the Wii U. Accompanying mobile apps were also created for the game.

The objective was to build a live service built around an online game server of the Guitar Hero franchise, allowing gamers to play many of their favorite songs from past games such as Warriors of Rock and DJ Hero. The idea was also to re-introduce the Guitar Hero brand to a new generation of gamer who picked up the eighth gen twins, the Xbox One and PS4.

The hook for the game was that it was supposed to have a long-lasting lifespan on the market thanks to the Guitar Hero TV mode that was present in the game, known as GHTV. It was supposed to cycle in new songs, give gamers new music to listen to, and offer a premium experience for those who wanted exclusive access to new content on a regular basis.

However, things didn't quite turn out as well as Activision or the developer had hoped, and the revival of Guitar Hero is now being put back on the shelf when the servers officially close for home consoles and mobile devices on December 1st.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.