Guitar Hero Series Axed, True Crime Reboot Cancelled

| February 10, 2011 | Reply

It doesn’t matter who you are, or how old, everyone’s either seen someone play it, or played a Guitar Hero game themselves. Initially rocketed to the top echelon of gaming popularity by Harmonix, (who later was removed from the project and started the Rock Band franchise) it seems the plastic instrument filled rhythm genre is fizzling out, with the first casualty being the one that really started the craze – Guitar Hero.

Due to lackluster sales of their recent titles – Guitar Hero 5, Warriors of Rock, Metallica, and Van Halen – Activision has decided to finally cut their losses and focus on franchises with ‘more reliable earning potential’. One of several factors leading to these bottomed out sales is Activisions complete lack of creativity  and innovation with the series, offering little change or challenge between titles.

“…Due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing’s Guitar Herobusiness unit and discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011,” the company announced in its lasted earnings report. “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.”

The cancellation of the True Crime reboot is surprising, but not as unlikely as one would think, as the series hasn’t been popular since the last generation of consoles, but consumers still remembered enjoying the series when asked.

So will you go out with fond memories of Guitar Hero? Will these lead you to possibly grab Guitar Hero 5 and the likes, knowing there won’t be any more? Let us know in the comments.


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Hamilton, Ontario, born and raised. I’m the oldest of two, really into the tech scene. Like my Macbook, Live for my Xbox 360, and LOVE my phones. I work for a large Canadian Telecomm company by day, and a Gizmo Ninja editor by night. I’ve jumped around every mobile OS I can get my hands on, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, WP7, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, etc. Current devices include the HTC Desire Z, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Milestone, HTC HD7, LG Optimus Quantum, and my daily device is my Motorola Atrix.