Yesterday Activision announced some news that has some pretty major effects on the gaming industry. First off, the publisher has canceled the open-world action title True Crime: Hong Kong.
While this may be upsetting to some gamers, the real heavy hitting news is that Activision has eliminated its Guitar Hero and DJ Hero franchises “due to continued declines in the music genre.” Both teams working on the GH and DJH franchises have been hit with “severe layoffs.”
According to Activision these cancellations 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.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I haven’t touched a Guitar Hero game since GH3. Regardless of that fact I’m still a tad bit sad I won’t see any more Guitar Hero games. A lot of my High School memories involve hanging out in my friends basements rocking out on little plastic guitars.
Setting nostalgia aside, this decision also upsets because I believe Activision is directly to blame for the decline in the music game genre. I mean, what do you expect to happen when you saturate a market with rehashes of the same game without really innovating (sure they did the whole band thing… but Rock Band did it better). I can’t wait to see what happens to Call of Duty in a few years.
But that’s just what I think. Let us know your take on this situation by leaving a comment below.