Activision Disbands Guitar Hero Franchise, Cancels True Crime: Hong Kong
It seems Guitar Hero's run as the premiere music video game has finally come to a close as Activision announced today that it is disbanding the franchise and canceling all future projects. Some may argue that Guitar Hero had been supplanted by rival Rock Band, and the mediocre showing of the previous game can speak to that. Activision decided to disband the team and cancel the upcoming game due to a decline in music game sales, and I feel that Activision's decision to turn every franchise into an annual one is also to blame. Without proper innovation for each release, people can only take so much of a game before it becomes stale. In Guitar Hero's case, the team will no longer exist to try and produce a better game next year. On the cancellation front, the upcoming True Crime: Hong Kong game has also been canceled. The reason for that is so Activision can focus on its current crop of games rather than risk a new one, even trying to revive an older franchise in the case of True Crime. At any rate, it looks like Activision is consolidating its focus for the money makers, namely Call of Duty.