Yesterday we reported rumors that Activision Blizzard was in the process of killing Guitar Hero and dismembering its carcass for hunting trophies. Now, following the publisher’s latest financial conference call, we have confirmation that the original king of rhythm gaming is dead, its bloated, pallid corpse slumped in a public restroom cubicle, its face forever etched with the contortions of a terminal bowel movement.
Activision also confirmed the cancellation of the True Crime series and said that this, combined with the demise of Guitar Hero, would cost 500 jobs. COO Eric Hirshberg said that Guitar Hero had been put out of its misery because the music gaming genre was declining at a “considerable pace”, while True Crime: Hong Kong was canned for “quality reasons”. Of both series, Hirshberg said Activision “simply cannot make these games profitable based on current market and demands”.
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