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Activision kills Guitar Hero and True Crime: Hong Kong in one fell swoop

Ooh baby, it has not been a nice day for developers. After news that Hudson Entertainment has closed, we've got an announcement from Activision that plans for a new Guitar Hero in 2011 have been canceled, that the Guitar Hero division has been closed, that True Crime: Hong Kong has been canceled, and that the developer for DJ Hero, FreeStyleGames has been hit with layoffs. The Tony Hawk franchise will also see some cuts, so don't expect anything from them. A total of seven percent has been laid off from the company Ouch. All of this was announced during a conference call yesterday morning. According to Activision, the company has seen a drop in net profits, as well as a 20 percent increase in digital distribution profits. Additionally, Activision will focus on the Call of Duty brand, as well on licensed titles. It's an unfortunate day for everyone involved (well, except for Activision and Bobby Kotick. They'll do just fine), and we wish those laid off the best. Read More