Amidst a flurry of changes, Activision announced today that there will no longer be further additions to their Guitar Hero series and they officially axed True Crime: Hong Kong. This news comes after the company’s Financial Call where the sharp declines in sales was a hot topic. The losses suffered by the Guitar Hero series were predictable but we’re admittedly shocked that the next True Crime installment is being buried; we were supposed to see the game in shelves this year.
The official statement from Activision:
“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. The company also will stop development on True Crime: Hong Kong. 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.”
Now not all the news that came from Activision was gloomy, a new studio was announced today: Beachhead which will reportedly provide “best in class online community” and a “suite of services to supercharge the series like never before” for Call of Duty. @Geoffkeighley was able to clear a bit of the vagueness up for us, tweeting that “Beachhead will create an online community to “super charge” Call of Duty. A new “platform” for COD.”
Bring it on we say!