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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.

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That really sucks to hear. Guitar Hero Live was a great freaking game, probably the most fun I've ever had from a modern non-Nintendo game in a long time. I think the problem is that the industry has changed so much, and now people really just seem to care about war games, GTA-style games, other adult-themed games with dark realistic graphics, or small "free-to-play" tablet/phone games. The video game industry that I grew up in as a kid is now just really a shadow of its former self. Having said that though, the indie scene is looking increasingly more interesting.… Read more »