End of An Era: Activision Axes Guitar Hero Series Once and for All

Maximum PC Staff

Here at Maximum PC, we usually prefer gaming news that's brought to you by the letters “P” and “C,” but a doozy of an earthshaker dropped today over in Console Land, so here we are. Anyway, remember when Guitar Hero was a national institution – a household name? Well, now it's set to remain just that: a memory. And nothing more.

“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,” Activision said in its fiscal 2011 report .

In other words, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock was the series' swan song, and now only silence remains. Oh, but it gets worse. As a result of Guitar Hero's sad (but timely) demise, 500 Activision employees are now jobless.

This comes as part of Activision's effort to narrow its focus and set most of its empire to work on its core franchises: Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and StarCraft.

So ends another chapter for the history books. Guitar Hero's 100-percent-ing “Through The Fire and The Flames” on Expert for angels now. Game Over. Continue? 3... 2... 1...

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