Confirmed – Activision chops Guitar Hero and True Crime, no music or Hawk games in ’11

Wednesday, 9th February 2011 21:30 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Activision’s just announced it has canned development on True Crime: Hong Kong as well as “disband” the Guitar Hero business unit.

It said in the financial release for its full-year fiscal 2011 financial report that “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.”

On True Crime, it added that it would “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.”

In a statement on its website, developer United Front Games said it was “sorry” it did not finish the project.

“We are sorry we did not get a chance to complete this project with Acitivision, but we understand why,” the statement reads.

“We are both committed to doing quality games and nothing less. Maybe we will have a chance to work together in the future, but in the meantime we are setting our creative sites on a different horizon.”

Furthermore, Activision COO Thomas Tippl has just confirmed in the company’s financial call that no Tony Hawk games will be released in 2011 as well as other music titles from the company, meaning no DJ Hero sequel this year.

It follows according reports from GI and Eurogamer that GH and TC would be canned outright with layoffs at DJ Hero developer Freestyle Games.

GI also claims that the publisher will now focus on three of its key brands: Call of Duty, StarCraft and World of Warcraft.

BioWare developer Manveer Heir, who used to work at Activision-owned Raven Software, also claims that Vicarious Visions has suffered layoffs.



  1. artursz1993

    no no no, it can’t be true

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DSB

    Sorry to see Guitar Hero go, but it’s probably for the best.

    No one’s going to miss the rest of that crap at least.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    Regardless of what you think of Activision or its IPs, this is big. Gigaton big.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Suikoden Fan

    wow thats fucking big, i mean hong kong was next to finished right?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Razor

    Call of Duty next :)

    #5 4 years ago
  6. M2Kx

    What the hell is wrong with them? Come clear Acti…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. spiderLAW

    Whoah, this is huge. Guitar Hero finished? Thats crazy!

    True Crime Hong Kong was looking good! Y cancel?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Aimless

    In Guitar Hero‘s case it’s more like the game’s finally stopped struggling.

    Surprised they aren’t pushing True Crime out given that it must be close to finished. I guess they’ve so little faith in it they aren’t even going to bother attempting to recoup their investment.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Crab of Thunder

    Holy Crap, sad news indeed, especially on the guys who worked on True Crime… :(

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Michael O’Connor

    Seriously? Three whole franchise, two of which aren’t even technically Activision’s?

    I’m finding this entire story a real stretch. Why the hell would they cancel True Crime: Hong Kong anyway? The game was looking amazing.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Suikoden Fan

    wonder who gets the spiderman name then as acti wont want that anymore will they?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Shaz37k

    wow that’s shocking

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Erthazus


    What are they doing? So basically Activision will only make Call Of duty.

    But True Crime looked really nice to be honest…

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Michael O’Connor

    If this is true… Jesus Christ Activision.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. spiderLAW

    Well maybe they are cancelling to put focus on a new IP they might have been working on.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. NeoSquall

    What the flying fuck is wrong with Bobby Kotick?

    Did he sleep on the wrong side last night?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. CaptPierce

    While no one will miss the GH series much nowadays, why cancel a good looking game like True Crime? They say the fans wanted it, they give it to us and now only months before the game’s released they cancel it?

    Yeah, fuck Activision. The last of my cash to them went with Black Ops and I sold that piece of shit. And I call that a 100% positive win. :)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DSB

    I don’t see the big deal about True Crime. It looked like a generic TPS game to me, just like the original.

    Maybe I’ve missed some crucial videos or some such, but the stuff I saw looked pretty awkward and boring.

    The fact that they moved it into 11 pretty much means that it was a long way from done, which is sadly a theme with Activision. Prototype had the same problem.

    They could be trying to send a message to shareholders that they aren’t going to release a game that’ll only make half its money back, when they can simply cut it off, reduce their expenses, and go for bigger franchises.

    But that’s all speculation really. Regardless I don’t think it’s a very good idea to bet on a handful of franchises, even if they’re golden for a good while yet.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Michael O’Connor

    @18 I was lucky enough to get a preview of True Crime behind closed doors at E3 last year. It looked really impressive. It was super slick for a sandbox game, atmosphere was incredible.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Suikoden Fan!/geoffkeighley

    #20 4 years ago
  21. OlderGamer

    Wonder how long before they start making console spin offs with the words “….Craft” in it?

    I see a NEW action adventure(rpg light) based tps of War/star Craft heading out in a year or two.

    And yes a new CoD every 8months.

    If they were smart they would have doing a Diablo III day and date for PC/PS3/xb360. But this is acti, they are too smart. Obviously.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. JimFear-666


    but i dont understand why they still make some crap shity tony hawk pro faggot…

    #22 4 years ago
  23. dandan123

    WTF why? why? why? no more true crime man i loved the gameplay in that game

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Blerk

    True Crime had been delayed for ages and looked kind of crappy anyway, I’m not really surprised about that. Guitar Hero is more surprising, I guess last year’s model just wasn’t worth the effort. The arse has sort of fallen out of the music game business.

    So basically we’re just going to get Call of Duty games from now on, then? Awesome. Well done, Acti – you have messed up good.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. OlderGamer

    You know, not for nothing, but if they are focusing so much on CoD, the little voice in the back of my mind says “here come to CoD subscription plans”.

    Or World of CoD. Samething really.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. mafuyu

    What about Star Wars Games?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Johnny Cullen

    More added in. No Hawk or further music titles this year, meaning no DJ Hero sequel this year.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. JimFear-666

    Im still surprised that activision cancelled gh since they are probably the worst publisher ever and kotick is probably the biggest douche bag on earth

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Blerk

    So… what the fuck are they releasing? :-D

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    “ Tony Hawk games won’t be released in 2011″.

    Loop hole, or bad grammer…you decide.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Robbins

    At least United front games who did true crime are safe, because of the successful Modnation Racers released last year, maybe they can change things and transfer True Crime to EA…………….. and fuc* guitar hero

    #31 4 years ago
  32. The_Red

    More, more and MOAAARE Call of Duty Of course!

    #32 4 years ago
  33. SplatteredHouse

    @29: eh…Prototype 2? Perhaps. Which is with some other character in the lead, and has no more, and probably less interest in it, than True Crime HK had. If they said P2 had been ditched, then that’s not such a bitter pill, because they just showed a trailer, release date…But, TC: HK was on it’s way, I expected it would be shown big at E3, and launched shortly after. But that ain’t happening now. Sad day.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. daytripper

    they only had true crime previews/hands on updates last week, saying how polished it was and the weapon variety was good, one preview said it was close to completion. seriously, these guys are taking the piss, they should of had a fair idea how the game was going ages ago, twats.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. SplatteredHouse

    VG, what’s going on with Beenox, and Spidey? Acti recently affirmed that they were the Spider-Man franchise team, but if they’re cutting back!

    #35 4 years ago
  36. SplatteredHouse

    (oh, no edit)
    Ghost? Why wouldn’t that reappear, if they do as you suggest. I can see it becoming a console download game, honestly. There must have been a lot of hammering and moulding and work done to that project between the years and teams, only ever officially shelved, that they could probably use, or adapt.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. xino

    wtf man!?

    is the gaming industry in danger with the damn recession???

    more people out of jobs now! this will put more pressure on new comers in the gaming industry harder to find jobs:/

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Dark

    @29 They will keep releasing COD every FUCKING MONTH!
    and guess what? pepole will still buy there crap.

    @33 Prototype 2 was announced for 2012.

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Suikoden Fan

    so no music games this year so not an outright discontinue

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Callum

    Wow, bit of a megaton much?!

    I hope to god this move won’t effect the quality of future Starcraft and Warcraft titles because Activision are now ‘Focusing’ on them…it sounds a bit odd to me.

    What is going on in the world?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. AsILayDying

    totally gutted to see True Crime Hong Kong go, hopefully someone will pick it up somehow, as for Guitar Hero all i can say it
    “You will Be missed”

    #41 4 years ago
  42. daytripper

    never going to happen but i would the next call of duty to perform poorly at retail and from a cricital aspect

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Frank17

    guitar metallica is the only one i liked. it was time for guitar hero 2 move on, those music games got lame. and tony hawk was sweet on the n64 and playstation 1 i didnt know they made that many games.and true crime LOLOLOL thats all

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Soong

    “no Tony Hawk games won’t be released in 2011 as well as other music titles from the company”

    Oh dear.

    “no Tony Hawk games will be released in 2011 and neither will other music titles from the company”

    There you go :)

    #44 4 years ago
  45. Crysis

    I just don’t get it, not even a week ago CVG was previewing True Crime believing that it could be 2011′s most polished open-world game.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. Mourinho

    If they think “CoD era” will last forever they are fucking wrong. I give it two more years.
    They still have that Bungie game and I hope it will be amazing (as Halo is :) ).

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Johnny Cullen

    @44 Jesus. I didn’t even see that until now. Fixed. Thanks for the spot.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Crysis

    @46, I agree, ActiVision has the bad habit of putting all their eggs in the one basket. Acti tends to milk their franchises til they’re completely dry & then they continue milking til they rip the nipple off before Acti works out that they have gone wrong, yet they continue to make the same mistakes with other franchises.
    I personally think the industry needs a drastic change, there’s no longer any room for ‘just good’ games but we also miss out on some classic gems.

    #48 4 years ago

    The games industry’s been as brutal as this for years.

    I don’t know why people are so surprised.

    #49 4 years ago
  50. Crysis

    @49, Because it seems to be getting worst.

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Blerk

    So, according to Eurogamer’s report Activision they only things left after the axe fell aside from COD, Starcraft and Warcraft are that crappy looking X-Men game, new Spider-Man, Family Guy, Total Wipeout and Transformers tie-ins, and a new Cabela’s Hunting game.

    Whoo. Go Activision.

    No, really. GO Activision.

    #51 4 years ago

    Don’t forget Prototype 2.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Blerk

    It’s really easy to forget Prototype 2.

    #53 4 years ago

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