Guitar Hero Live is the first main game in the series since 2010. With new instruments, tracks, and changing streaming content, this rhythm game has everything you could want. Unfortunately, even these features and positive reviews could not reach the success the developers were hoping for.
In a sad note to the story of Guitar Hero Live, FreeStyle Games has had to layoff a significant number of employees from the company. It seems the estimated number is 50 workers. Considering FreeStyle Games had a little over 100 total, this is a devastating hit. Here is what publisher Activision had to say about the situation:
“Activision and FreeStyle Games leadership have been considering a range of future options for the studio, and have been consulting with staff to explore all alternatives. 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 organizations. The UK remains a key market for Activision Blizzard and FreeStyleGames continues to be a great partner. We thank all of the team for their continued passion, creativity and commitment.”
It is great to see the larger 3rd party company help out as much as they can. Let us hope for a great future for FreeStyle Games and the employees that had to be let go. Guitar Hero Live is available now for Wii U, PS3, PS4, iOS, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.