If you happen to purchased Guitar Hero Stay within the US between December 1st, 2017 and January 1st, 2019, writer Activision is providing to refund your cash. The company launched a “voluntary refund program” earlier in February, round two months after it lower off entry to the vast majority of Guitar Hero Stay’s tune library. Consumers have till Might 1st to submit a declare, preferably with both a gross sales receipt or a bank card assertion confirming the acquisition.
As Polygon notes, Activision launched this program quickly after a lawsuit over false Guitar Hero Stay promoting was dismissed. It doesn’t give an official purpose for the refunds, however they’re nearly definitely associated to Activision shutting down Guitar Hero TV: Guitar Hero Stay’s distinctive Spotify-style different to downloadable songs.
Guitar Hero TV supplemented the 42 base songs in Guitar Hero Stay, which was initially launched in 2015, with nearly 500 further streaming tracks. However Activision announced last summer that it was shutting the service down on December 1st of 2018, leaving customers unable to entry any of that music.
A purchaser named Robert Fishel attempted to file a class-action lawsuit in response, arguing that he “moderately anticipated” Activision to maintain the catalog on-line when he purchased the sport. According to Ars Technica, Fishel truly purchased the sport earlier than Activision’s cutoff date, so he’s not eligible for this refund program. However his swimsuit was dismissed with out prejudice, which implies it’s potential he might file once more.
The Guitar Hero TV shutdown illustrates the dangers of shifting video video games to a streaming, online-only mannequin. It was initially a central characteristic of Guitar Hero Stay, and an try and reinvigorate the flagging rhythm recreation sequence. As a substitute of letting customers purchase tracks — the usual mannequin for Guitar Hero and competing sequence Rock Band — it supplied free rotating playlists and short-term rental choices. As our reviewer Chris Plante noted at the time, that made it harder for hardcore gamers to obsessively study particular person songs, however simpler for informal gamers to entry a variety of music.
Sadly, it additionally made Guitar Hero Stay extraordinarily depending on Activision’s help. The sport didn’t sell as well as expected — so it’s not too stunning that its tune library would go offline after a couple of years.