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Guitar Hero developer Freestyle Games to face layoffs

Activision is set to restructure the DJ Hero developer due to the weak commercial reception of Guitar Hero Live.

The publisher has not provided any specific details on potential redundancies, but has said it will be aligning resources and “rebalancing staff” within the company.

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Freestyle Games remains a “great partner” with Activision, despite the current situation.

“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,” the company 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.

“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.”

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Activision will continue to release new content for Guitar Hero Live in the coming months, adding new songs and premium events to the game.

This is yet another disappointing blow to the UK development scene. Last month, both Microsoft’s Lionhead and Sony’s Evolution Studios faced immediate closures.

Source: MCV

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