fixerthe dj game from original guitar hero creator and rock band Studio Harmonix, is retiring its live service content and ceasing sales. This comes just two years after the music mixing game launched – and it’s a huge disappointment, to be honest.
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On December 2nd Harmonix has released an update on the official Fuser website which reads: “On December 19th we will deactivate fixer‘s live services and all sales of the game and its DLC. Players who already own FIXER can continue playing the Campaign and Quickplay with DLCs already purchased.” The post thanks players for their support and for “all the amazing mixes over the years.”
While fixer While technically still playable for those who already own it, players are limited to just these two offline modes. Gone are the co-op and competitive multiplayer modes where you could battle other players or mix music with them. And since there’s no longer live service support, that means every DLC you have is all you’ll ever get. As someone who played and enjoyed fixer but never bought the DLC, the game is only as strong as its music selection – curtailing that is surely the game’s official death.
Whenever I played fixer it was either while streaming or with a bunch of friends sitting on my bed, drinks in hand, screaming as I pulled off a sick drop or successfully faded “Bodak Yellow” into “Funky Cold Medina”. It’s a fun party game – so much so that my cool friends from the fashion industry would absolutely love it if they could create their own mixes. I will never forget when one of them showed up fixer for almost an hour, ignoring everyone else at the party and letting out screams of excitement and dizzying giggles while making some of the most awful sounding songs I’ve ever heard.
I can still technically recreate this magic at future house parties, but considering we’ve eventually grown weary of the music available to us, the inability to get more songs makes it far less appealing.
And to be fair, no one actually played fixer– at least if the Steam Stats are to be believed. At the time of publication, only 19 people played the game in its last day, and just over a dozen average players over the last six months. But the death of fixer has greater implications, most notably that the age of rhythm games is officially over. kotaku reached out to Harmonix and Epic Games (who bought Harmonix last November) for comment on what went into the decision to drop the game, but received no response at the time of publication.
Although Activision CEO and alleged cover for widespread company problems Bobby Kotick recently said he has one great idea for the return of the guitar hero franchiseThe death of fixer may mean the death of the triumphant return of rhythm games. Well, at least I can still play guitar hero while I was fucked up at a Dave & Buster’s.