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UPDATE: Activision has confirmed the layoffs at developers Neversoft and Radical Entertainment. The company is also closing Luxoflux (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen).
IGN recieved a statement from the company that says the layoffs are due to the company putting out fewer games in the coming year. There has been no confirmation yet that the next Guitar Hero will be Neversoft's last.
ORIGINAL STORY: Guitar Hero series developer Neversoft is facing layoffs, including some team members working on the next Guitar Hero title. Is this the developer's last game with the series?
Website bingegamer.net says it has sources within Neversoft and Activision who state that Guitar Hero 6 will be the last game in the franchise the developer works on, and that it's being handed over to Activision's internal studio Vicarious Visions. Vicarious Visions seems to be the publisher's go-to studio for ports of established franchises. The developer currently handles the Wii and DS versions of the Guitar/Band Hero franchises.
Layoffs are reportedly occurring at Neversoft spanning different projects, and some of the Guitar Hero 6 team will be laid off when the game ships. How these layoffs affect Neversoft's future projects is unknown. There are also layoffs happening at another Activision studio – Radical Entertainment (Prototype).
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sorry meant to have a questions mark but this sucks and i guess i had to firsts in the same day :p
I hope they end the Guitar Hero games on a good note with Guitar Hero 6 (haha get it good NOTE... no... FINE!). But what ever happen to this Drum Hero ive been hearing they were going to make? Are they going to still make the game or was it just BS?
i might get 6 as a last farewell to GH
Haha i mean hey, these guys did only a good job on "Metallica", i give them that, but World tour and guitar hero 5 were freaking jokes, and why did they screw up sooooo badly on "Van Halen" on me???? Lol idc if guitar hero goes as long as rockband stays ill tell you ALL im good! Especially with Rockband "Green Day"!!!
Sucks to hear about Radical. Prototype was a good game. Nothing special but they could have developed a kick ass sequel.
If Guitar Gero ends, it better be after a Guitar Hero 6. The series has gotten pretty bad after World Tour (except GH: Metallica) and I want them to finally end on an ultimate last performance. Also, if people from the creators of Guitar Hero get fired, it wouldn't be bad if they went to Harmonix. Just saying...
"... some of the Guitar Hero 6 team will be laid off when the game ships."
My advice... stall.
Layoffs suck, even to the employees surviving them. They kill morale and make you feel like you're an expendable cog in a wheel rather than an integral part of a team. This is coming from a guy who's never been laid off but has watched as his dear friends and closest colleagues lost their jobs. It's tragic.
My heart goes out to those facing this terrifying reality. Best of luck.
Wow, sounds like they might be shutting down in the end then. All of those layoffs will probably lead to an inevitable closing if this game doesn't sell well enough. Best of luck Neversoft employees.
they havnt had a good game out since 2 any way so who cares
the best track list was GH3 and i want a track list that just goes *** you to band hero and that it will be the best assemble of hard rock and heavy metal every- i will now suggest songs
-deadly sinners-3 inchs of blood
-touch to much-ACDC
-fast as a shark-Accept
-death from above-Anthrax
-never say die-black sabbath
-children of the grave-black sabbath
-cities on flame with rock and roll- blue oyster cult
-rock of ages-def leppard
-inside the fire-disturbed
-paradise city- guns and roses
-screaming for vengeance-judas priest
-hotter then hell-kiss
-dawn of battle-manowar
-high speed dirt-megadeth
-master of puppets-metallica
-hit the lights-metallica
-assault attack- michael schenker group
-live wire-motley crue
-ace of spades-motorhead
-jack the ripper-motorhead
-machine gun eddie-nitro
-the art of shredding-pantera
-slave to the grind-skid row
-angle of death-slayer
-master exploder-tenacious D
and more of course but those are my suggestions
did you ever think thats this is some genius PR move to get you all to buy the GH6 thinking this will be the last one in the series....THINK ABOUT IT
Usually I say that any studio shutting down is a bad thing, but this is definitely good for these guys. They're probably zombies by now - all they've known for the past 15 years are Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero (unless they were "lucky" enough to work on GUN or Spiderman). Hell, if Activision could, they'd gladly replace these guys with game-making robots.
My point is, now they can leave and find work at BETTER studios. Ones that make original games, and not 8 entries in the same tired series a year. They're in Texas anyway, which means they're around guys like id, Gearbox, Red Fly, Terminal Reality, Bioware Austin, Sony Online - there are TONS of other studios in that state that they can get to. They'll be fine - better than fine. Leaving the iron grasp of Bobby effin' Kotick has to feel great.
Wait so the only reason there's so few games is because they can't afford it? I thought they were actually listening to their customer's thoughts and opinions! I'm guessing they were originally planning on releasing 17 different music games this year before they realized they had no money for it.
Layoffs are unfortunate but I mean...Guitar hero has had a game come out every year and sometimes 2-3. I'm scared now more than ever Activision is just going to take this and go freckin ape sh*t lol. I hope guitar hero 6 is really good.
As an unemployed person going on 9 months and counting, I sympathize. Job losses are never good :(
Not sure how I feel about this. I hope it means less games, more quality. Not less games, still poor quality. I mean, its almost like publishers are confused when people don't buy poorly made games just because they put the (insert popular franchise name) label on the front.
That said, it really sucks that the people who are working on these games are losing their jobs because their "superiors" are making bad decisions. I realize the economy is in shambles, and this only makes the problem that much more devastating.
To many layoffs. Probably caused by lack of interest in each game series.
This stinks. _V_
I think that this will boost some other game that competes with Guitar Hero. Rock Band's sales will probably include longtime Guitar Hero fans purchasing newer Rock Band games. I really hope this wasn't a fad. It is really fun.