Remember back when Guitar Hero III came out and the popular Guns N Roses song “Welcome to the Jungle” was available to play? There was one person not so excited about that prospect and now he’s doing something about it. Front man for the rock group Guns N Roses, Axl Rose has filed a suit against publisher Activision for the hefty sum of $20 million.
The suit centers around the claim that Activision would not include any of likenesses of former Guns N Roses member Slash, and not feature references to the band Velvet Revolver, which Rose was once a part of. Rose claims:
“[Activision was] spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and VR prominently in GH III, but also promote the game by emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N Roses and the band’s song ‘Welcome to the Jungle’.”
Needless to say, Axl Rose wasn’t pleased to find out that not only was Slash included in Guitar Hero III, but Velvet Revolver DLC was made available.
It is rather unusual that Rose waited so long to file the suit, considering Guitar Hero III was released back in 2007. He still is able to file suit whenever he feels like it, but the timing is a bit off. It is easy to agree with the kind of claim Rose is making, it makes for a decent argument, but whether or not it will pan out for him is another matter entirely.
Activision is no stranger to the courts at this point, recently, they had it out with Infinity Ward regarding a whole mess of things, and they were sued over Guitar Hero earlier this year regarding the guitar controllers.
Did Activision renege on their agreement in order to sell more copies of the game? The way Axl’s talking about it, absolutely. It won’t be known for sure until a decision is reached by the courts, though.