Activision pulls the plug on the Guitar Hero franchise

Massive layoffs and the termination of development on two major titles were announced in a press release from Activision this evening. Taking the biggest hit is the “Guitar Hero” franchise, which will come to an end after over five years.

Layoffs due to the gutting of “Guitar Hero” will occur both at Vicarious Visions, which has developed “Guitar Hero” for the last three years, and at Freestyle Games, developer of “DJ Hero.”  In total, some 500 employees — 7 percent of its total workforce — will receive a pink slip from Activision this year.

But “Guitar Hero” isn’t the only game getting the ax.  “True Crime: Hong Kong,” an open world game formerly in development by United Front, will also be terminated.  “These decisions are based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences,” the press release states.

Activision will continue to focus on the franchises that are currently the most profitable, the strongest of which being “Call of Duty.”

Image Credit: Activision

3 Responses to “Activision pulls the plug on the Guitar Hero franchise”

  1. September 24, 2014 at 3:30 am

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