Fuser, the DJ recreation from unique Guitar Hero creator and Rock Band studio Harmonix, is shutting down its reside service content material and ceasing gross sales. This comes simply two years after the music-mixing recreation launched—and it’s truthfully a giant bummer.
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On December 2, Harmonix posted an replace to the official Fuser web site that reads: “On December 19, we will likely be disabling Fuser’s reside providers and all gross sales of the sport, in addition to its DLC. Gamers who already personal FUSER will nonetheless be capable to play the Marketing campaign and Fast Play with any DLC they’ve already acquired.” The publish thanks gamers for his or her help and for “all of the wonderful mixes through the years.”
Whereas Fuser will technically nonetheless be playable to those that already personal it, gamers will likely be restricted to simply these two offline modes. Gone are the co-op and aggressive multiplayer modes which allowed you to battle or combine music with different gamers. And with no extra reside service help, that signifies that no matter DLC you’ve is all you’re gonna get, ever. As somebody who has performed and loved Fuser however by no means purchased the DLC, the sport is simply as sturdy as its music choice—limiting that’s most definitely the official demise of the sport.
Each time I performed Fuser it was both whereas streaming or with a ton of buddies sitting on my mattress, drinks in hand, screaming once I pulled off a sick drop or efficiently light “Bodak Yellow” into “Funky Chilly Medina.” It’s a enjoyable get together recreation—a lot in order that my cool, vogue business buddies would get completely hyped at an opportunity to make their very own mixes. I’ll always remember when one in every of them zoned out on Fuser for practically an hour, ignoring everybody else on the get together and letting out screams of pleasure and giddy giggles as she made a few of the most horrendous-sounding songs I’ve ever had the displeasure of listening to.
I can nonetheless technically recreate that magic at future home events, however contemplating we finally grew uninterested in the music at our disposal, the lack to get any extra songs makes it far much less interesting.
And to be honest, nobody has actually been taking part in Fuser—at the least, if the Steam stats are to be believed. As of publication, the sport has solely had 19 folks taking part in it within the final day, and solely just a little greater than a dozen common gamers within the final six months. However the demise of Fuser has bigger implications, most notably that the age of rhythm video games is formally over. Kotaku reached out to Harmonix and Epic Video games (who purchased Harmonix final November) for touch upon what went into the choice to shutter the sport, however haven’t acquired a response on the time of publication.
Despite the fact that Activision CEO and alleged cover-upper of widespread firm issues Bobby Kotick lately stated he has a nice thought for the return of the Guitar Hero franchise, the demise of Fuser might imply the demise of the rhythm video games’ triumphant return. Oh effectively, at the least I can nonetheless play Guitar Hero whereas shitfaced at a Dave & Buster’s.