It’s quickly starting to look like the return of the music game is dying just as quickly as it came back as Activision has revealed that UK-based FreeStyleGames is going under “restructuring” and as a result some staff have been cut.
Earlier this year, during an earnings call, Activision revealed that the recently released Guitar Hero Live had “lower than expected performance,” likely one of the reasons for this restructure.
“Activision and FreeStyleGames leadership have been considering a range of future options for the studio, and have been consulting with staff to explore all alternatives,” Activision said in a statement. “The collective team have now reached the end of a consultation exercise and the decision has been made to restructure FreeStyleGames to better align the studio resources with future business needs. We are working with the studio teams to explore options to rebalance staff within Activision Blizzard and its related organisations.”
Fortunately, because of UK law, companies are required to participate in a consultation period before eliminating staff allowing employees to look for either alternative jobs or positions within the company. Although Activision haven’t revealed how many jobs have been cut, this consultation period is required when a minimum of 20 employees have been laid off.
FreeStyleGames will continue to work on Guitar Hero Live and its multiplayer potion GHTV.
This news follows that of Harmonix who recently parted ways with co-publisher MadCatz as well as launching a new campaign to raise funding for a PC version of Rock Band 4.