The grim fates of True Crime
and whatever installment of the Guitar Hero
series that was in development are known
-- but what about Activision's other perennial franchises? A few (equally grim) details surfaced during Activision's investor's call today, during which COO Thomas Tippl explained, "We will release no new music or skateboarding games" during the current calendar year.
Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg added some more insight into the company's shift away from the music genre, explaining that even though DJ Hero 2
and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
were well-received, "demand for peripheral-based music games declined at a dramatic pace." He continued, "Given the considerable licensing and manufacturing costs associated with this genre, we simply cannot make these games profitably based on current economics and demand." However, Activision will continue to support its existing music games with DLC.
We're still left with a lot of questions, though (and we're working on the answers). For instance, what does this mean for the 3DS-bound DJ Hero 3D?
What about the Tony Hawk
series at large? Activision's frequently spoken
about its staying power -- and if no Hawk
title drops in 2011, it would be the first calendar year in the franchise's history without a new entry since 1999