Activision Blizzard's December Quarter and 2010 Financial Results
did not paint a pretty picture for its long running music game franchise, Guitar Hero.
According to the report, "due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's Guitar Hero business unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011". This isn't the only time the decline in the music game industry has affected a game publisher lately. Viacom recently sold Harmonix, the developers of Rock Band, before shuttering their MTV Games division earlier this month.
Another game to fall victim to Activision's cuts is True Crime: Hong Kong
. Activision decided to pass on the titles "to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world's best interactive entertainment experiences".
In further bad news from the Activision camp, it was reported by Eurogamer
today that Freestyle Games, developer of the DJ Hero franchise, was hit with 'severe layoffs'. Further, a tweet
from Developer Manveer Heir states that Vicarious Visions, which was responsible for various Guitar Hero ports for the Wii, has also been impacted by layoffs.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the publisher, however, as both Call of Duty: Black Ops
and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
preformed very well.
No word was given as to whether or not this will affect DLC for either franchise. While layoffs have occurred at Freestyle Games, it was not made clear how that might impact anything they might have in development at this time.