While Guitar Hero 2 is an excellent game, it has been plagued by hardware problems, being that the guitar’s whammy/tremolo bar does not function properly. Word has just reached us though from Activision that it’s not the guitar that’s broken but the software.
DIY-artists have already supplied remedies involving taking the guitar apart yourself, but as it turns out it’s just anti-cheating software gone hyperactive. Game developer Red Octane’s official word on the subject:
â€śOn learning of potential issues with the whammy bar on the Xbox360 guitar, we immediately began extensive testing of both the guitar and the software to isolate any issues with whammy bar functionality and the corresponding causes. Our testing identified a specific software element that may, in certain situations, cause the whammy bar to lose responsiveness. Given that this is a software-driven, an patch is being developed to fix the issue and will arrive as soon as possible via download on Xbox Live. We will confirm soon a target date for this download.”
Activision representatives added to Xboxic that the culprit is in code added late in the development cycle, which was designed to counter cheating. While no exact date for the patch is supplied yet, it should be available within ’several weeks’ as an auto-update on Xbox Live.