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DJ Hero 2

According to Scott Steinberg at Rolling Stone's Gear Up Tech Blog, Activision's financial statements reveal that the Guitar Hero business unit will be disbanded and further development on the game will be discontinued.

He also states:

"The news comes on the heels of lackluster sales performance by last holiday season’s Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Game industry news site Eurogamer also reports that severe layoffs have hit DJ Hero developer FreeStyle Games, though the future of the virtual disc jockey franchise, also a retail underperformer, has yet to be confirmed."

Furthermore:

"Insiders expect that the firm will shift its attention to multiplayer, social and online connected play, a field currently characterized by all-digital products including iPhone, Facebook and downloadable casual games."

It seems like DJ Hero would have potential in other formats but I guess we'll find out soon enough. These games seemed so powerful when they came out and so much work was licensed for DJ Hero that it's almost a shock. Since I don't keep up with such games, I can't truly evaluate what's up but I'd think that, with new game systems like Microsoft's Kinect, games that emphasis interactivity should still have a future.

Available on Amazon: DJ Hero

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