It looks like the rhythm game battle between Activision
extends beyond the sales gap between Guitar Hero III
and Rock Band
, as Harmonix sued Activision on Monday. The suit was withdrawn on Tuesday as the threat of a legal battle was apparently enough to make Activision talk with the company. According to the lawsuit, Harmonix asserts that it is owed $14.5 million in unpaid royalties for the use of its technology in Guitar Hero III
and further asserts that the company has not received any money for song downloads, in-game ads, and related products. Variety reports that the lawsuit was "clearly intended" to lay down a precedent for future iterations of the Guitar Hero
series (of which there are many, many planned
). Activision, for its part, claims that it has paid Harmonix "sufficient" royalties.