Every time you think that the gaming industry has learned its lesson, it just pops around the corner like a naughty student skipping detention, showing you that he hasn’t actually learned anything. And this happens to pretty much all triple A companies, as learning from their mistakes seems to be their number one weakness.
So this is how one of the most recent announcements left video gamers everywhere with a confused expression on their faces, like they know how many people don’t believe in climate change but they don’t understand why. So what exactly happened that left so many of us wondering about the future of the industry?
Well, according to a recent press release, Rock Band is having a Battleborn crossover. The big question looming like a final boss fight is quite simply put ‘Why?’ You see, the partnership doesn’t really seem profitable for any of the two companies involved in the crossover, particularly when given some of the information related to what happened recently.
First of all, Rock Band and the plethora of other rhythm video games that followed Guitar Hero have been decreasing in popularity ever since people got all the songs they want. That means that for something along the lines of two generations, people have only being buying these games out of habit or because they just got into them.
And it’s quite easy to understand why, as you really have no reason other than character skins and a couple of new but pointless gimmicks to buy the new games. Once these rhythms games started releasing DLCs with all different kinds of songs, they started digging their own graves in relation to future profits.
But Rock Band 4 was actually one of the most poorly received games in the series. It wasn’t necessarily bad, it was just the same thing we’d already seen countless times before. It made so little money that a PC version wasn’t even considered until a somewhat sketchy crowdfunding attempt on Fig, which failed disastrously, managing to raise barely half of their ridiculously steep $1,500,000 goal.
Meanwhile, Battleborn is most likely going to barely have moderate success. A sort of combination between the soon-to-come-out Overwatch and Gearbox’s previous titles, Borderlands, Battleborn will have the bad luck to launch concomitantly with the aforementioned Overwatch. As Overwatch is a Blizzard product, few other than hardcore Gearbox fans will go for Battleborn over Blizzard’s next hit.
So sure, a partnership between two failing enterprises might yield slightly more productive results, but it most certainly won’t save any of the two franchises. And while Gearbox will surely get back on track with the next Borderlands game, things aren’t looking so bright for Harmonix, Rock Band’s developers.
Oh, and what will the crossover consist of, you might wonder, now that we’ve reached the end of why it’s a bad idea? It’s one or several character skins from Battleborn in the new Rock Band game or expansion that is to come. Nothing more and nothing less.
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