7 Studios confirms closure by Activision

Thursday, 10th February 2011 17:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

7 Studios, which Activision acquired in 2009, has been disbanded following the announcement last night the firm was canning music game development.

7 Studios producer Damon Conn broke the news via Twitter, as well as various other employees at the studio, according to Joystiq.

The developer was acquired by Activision to work on DJ Hero, which resulted in a lawsuit with Genius Products over the source code for Scratch: The Ultimate DJ, a game which 7 Studios was working on when it was purchased.

While the studio was helping out Freestyle Games on the DJ Hero series, it was also at work on a Guitar Hero VIP Pass DLC hub, Unannounced Projects” for iOS and “Various Prototypes/Concepts” for a other platforms.



  1. Blerk


    /salutes the fallen

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Lord Gremlin

    And what will they do when CoD die? Since it will, it got shitty already.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. freedoms_stain

    The worst thing to happen to any smaller business entity is to be acquired by a large American Corporation.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Tomo

    I thought DJ Hero was supposed to be really good too?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Grimrita

    Rather than work on the flaws of their games, they just shut the studios – genius!

    All their portfolio will be is FPS, erm, FPS and erm, FPS. May Activsion fall on their sword!

    #5 4 years ago
  6. LePlatypus

    @5 Yeah………. because Prototype 2, Stacraft 2: HotS, WoW and Diablo 3 are all FPS’

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Crysis

    You just listed their every single game (excluding licensed trash) & the only one there that I’m hopeful for is Prototype 2, not a real pc gamer here.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DSB

    First people whine about rhythm games being everywhere, then they whine about rhythm games going away. At least they’re consistent, I guess.

    It’s a real shame for 7 Studios, but their fate was pretty much sealed when DJ Hero flopped. Activision does have way too much dead weight in terms of mediocre developers, and I wouldn’t mind seeing Beenox and High Moon axed in favor of some new talent.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. OlderGamer

    Imagine for a moment a world where we didn’t have systems/consoles only “channels”, something like TV, but streamed over internet via something close to a cloud service. Each channel was a franchise game.

    Their might be the Call Of Duty channel for example. And maybe 12 channels in all. 8 of them OMP FPS games.

    Gone are the days of indie games. No more casual games, unless you get the Pop-Cap channel. No more unique games. Nothing to look forward.

    Nothing new.

    Just the same old franchises streamed to your living room for a nominal monthly fee.

    Pretty cool ‘eh?

    Yea I am not too excited about it either.

    But if the biggist fish keep eating the smaller fish there are bound to be fewer fish in the sea. Maybe it is some sort of darwin type process. Maybe the Vicoden are getting to me today. Or maybe, just maybe that is where things will go.

    The plan stupid high budgets, unwillingness to take risks, brand name/loyalty, outragiously expensive game prices, outdated bizz models. Honestly much of what we have now is unsustainable.

    I don’t think it will spell the end of games or anything. But a dip and period of recorection may be in order. Games came back after the crash in the early 80s. Hard to imagine anything but a roaring games market.

    Then again, I wouldn’t have imagined that GH would be gone(and maybe it will come back at some point).

    And yes boys and girls here are living in the day when apeasing investers and their bid for easy short term quick cash, outweighs whats right for the industry as a whole. The industry is canabilizing itself.

    Kind of depreasing.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DSB

    Pretty sure that’s the vicoden.

    I think gamers are pretty prone to conspiracy theories and temper tantrums these days. No entertainment franchise lasts forever by doing the same thing, and even if they did, more people would try to get in on the action by making new ones, and that still brings new talent and new games.

    The fact that a lot of gamers loathe new franchises doesn’t have a lot of credibility, given that franchises have been the backbone of the industry since the dawn of gaming, without anyone seeming to mind very much.

    In my opinion the impending doom is only shared by gamers bitching about a couple of games they don’t like, or don’t want to like, stomping their feet, and working themselves into a frenzy, while the business works on a lot of the same principles that it always has.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    “Pretty sure that’s the vicoden.”

    Just might be, lol.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. back_up

    looks like everything other than COD studio’s will be closed by activision

    #12 4 years ago
  13. GwynbleiddiuM

    Is that it Bobby? is that it?! first you canned Guitar Hero, now you closing every studio that are not Call of Duty material? is that it Bobby? Call of Duty much? At this point I believe Blizzard next MMO is something related to call of duty. I expect to hear some new call of duty titles like Call of Duty Carting, Super Call of Duty Galaxy, Call of Duty Re-Armed, Call of Duty Solid, Gears of Duty, Heavy Duty, Call of Duty PGA, Call of Duty Online, Call of Duty Offline, Call of Duty Sideline, Call of Duty Origins, Call of Duty: World Cup, Call of Duty Championship Racing, Call of Duty: Good Company, Call of Duty: Nice Company, Call of Duty: Awesome Company, Super Call of Duty Fighter, Call of Duty: H.A.W.X, Call of Duty: Reached, Call of Duty: Breached, The Elder Battleplans: Call of Duty Skyies, Final Call of Duty Fantasy, Parasite Duty, Call of Duty and Friends, Dance Dance Call of Duty Party, Call of Duty: The battle for Middle-East, Call of Duty 414: Among Mercs, Call of Duty…

    #13 4 years ago

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