DJ Hero 2
DJ Hero Series is Also Canned by Activision
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It's somewhat obvious this one, given the recent sharp decline in the music genre's popularity, but along with Guitar Hero being given the chop by Activision, DJ Hero has also been shelved as the publisher chooses to focus more upon its lucrative Call of Duty, Starcraft and Warcraft properties.

Apparently, "considerable licensing and manufacturing costs" are cited as the main reason for ceasing to make more 'Hero' titles, as they're simply not profitable any more. However, Acti will continue to support its existing library of downloadable tracks, although there won't be any further add-ons being issued going forward.

So, that's both the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero franchises biting the dust then, along with True Crime: Hong Kong, which also saw the axe fall upon its development as part of Activision's recent cull. The fate of DJ Hero dev, FreeStyle Games however, is currently unknown, as the company investigates possibilities. No jobs have been lost at present, thankfully.

"We're actively working with Activision on various options going forward for the studio," said FreeStyle founders David Osbourn, Jamie Jackson and Chris Lee [via]. "No decisions have been taken at this stage. We appreciate everyone's support through this process and will be as open and transparent as possible as soon as we know more."

Hopefully, no job losses will be made, as it could cost Activision between $35 and $50 million, and more to the point, an estimated 500 jobs could be lost. Fingers crossed that this doesn't happen.



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Comment #1 by tehapoc
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:29:05 AM
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That's a pretty rough transition.

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Comment #2 by stardestroyer
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:30:04 AM
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wow activision will have nothing but call of duty left if this trend continues

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Comment #3 by snipdog522
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:30:22 AM
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Man activision always closing down stuff as much as I hate to say it they need to close down call of duty. So we can get better games out there but that will never happen because gaming a business and cod makes them the money so that's that. I would do the same thing prob if i was Booby Kiotok.

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Comment #4 by Dr Popodopolus
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:31:28 AM
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@2, they will still make bajillions every year. They don't need all these other franchises whilst Call of Duty is raking it in. Waste of time for them.

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Comment #5 by Zacry072
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:31:35 AM
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I hate that for all the employees being affected.

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Comment #7 by Nozza XBA
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:31:59 AM
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This has only pretty much started as series.. I thought they'd at least produce another 10 before they gave up?!

I have a feeling something is going down at Activision with all this going.. wouldn't be surprised if we hear about job loses next!

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Comment #8 by HarperBird
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:32:42 AM
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it is a shame to see that at the end of the day it just comes down to making a profit....RIP both Guitar Hero and DJ Hero, you will be missed!!

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Comment #9 by glitch12
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:32:48 AM
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and the grave digging continues......if activision keeps axing things, they'll be hanging themselves by relying only on CoD

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Comment #10 by StephenJ360
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:36:37 AM
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Nahhh, Activision has more than Call of Duty this year... They're making a #1 hit title for Family Guy, as well as another Transformers movie tie-in game later this year! Big hits, these are.

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Comment #11 by DJSambob
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:39:40 AM
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I can safely say that now both Guitar Hero and DJ Hero are gone, I will never buy another Activision game. Guitar Hero and DJ Hero were the only games I bought by them. COD, in ny opinion, is a pile of wank.

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Comment #12 by dementedlullaby
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:39:45 AM
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The problem is since Activision acquired Blizzard they make more money a month off just World of Warcraft subscriptions than they do off some of their lesser titles.

Let's face it Blizzard is a juggernaut and it won't be stopped. They will live off their name alone. Coupled with the incredible success of CoD in the past half decade or so Activision tightly has their heads shoved up their own asses. And they think it smells great too!

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Comment #13 by Jackalus88
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:40:48 AM
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Nooo! All the other cuts and shelvings I didn't mind too much about but this takes the biscuit!

Also heard they're shelving James Bond too.

Activision, you have alot to answer for and alot of making up to do, the amount of job losses this could amount to, I dread to think :(

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Comment #14 by xtye
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:47:11 AM
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AWESOME! DJ Hero is shit.

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Comment #15 by BADFELLA
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:48:41 AM
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Comment #16 by iruhlman
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:50:18 AM
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@2 your forgetting their biggest franchise WoW. It makes up almost 75% of their income.

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Comment #17 by fishman550
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:54:42 AM
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Haha, awesome, music games are fucking shit.

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Comment #18 by DaHrtOfDaWhtDrGn
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:55:27 AM
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Hmm DJ HERO!!!!! I Actually Enjoyed it I really hope someone takes over the DJ HERO

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Comment #19 by bearmod
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 10:59:53 AM
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kinda surprised they shut this down, i know gh just got the axe and dj hero is a spin off, but i thought this was a fresh enough take on the music genre for at least one more game....guess not

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Comment #20 by RobotHacker
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 11:03:41 AM
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Makes sense to concentrate in CoD games when they are still raking in billions of $. Wise business move Activision.

Not that I like Activision or love CoD but my business good sense-o-meter says good move

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Comment #21 by ViNyLek
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 11:13:43 AM
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Totally saw that coming. Not a big loss for me either. And Activision could retire off of Blizzard alone. CoD is like a little bonus compared to Starcraft, WoW and soon Diablo 3^^

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Comment #22 by thewordis
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 11:25:08 AM
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watch!! the next cod wont sell as much as they planned and then they will be sorry

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Comment #23 by l.maciver
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 11:43:29 AM
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if they didnt make these game every year they might have had a longer life. And sooner or later CoD will suffer cause there yearly planned games.

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Comment #24 by Joepke25
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 11:50:06 AM
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I think that DJ hero never really Sold well.
Who wants to party and push buttons while standing behind a plastic Turntable?Well definitely Not Me! ;)

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Comment #25 by RagnarokMessiah
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 11:51:17 AM
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I'm not too surprised, but maybe now they can focus on making better games not just re-using the same formula every time.

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Comment #26 by TeKneek9
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 11:52:27 AM
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I loved the DJ Hero series...sad to see it gone.
In my opinion, I just think they're getting greedy cause of how successful CoD, WoW, and Starcraft is. Oh well.

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Comment #27 by XPac23
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 11:58:22 AM
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If Activision didn't feel the need to release a sequel every year then these franchises would still be alive. Who would buy the same exact guitar hero game every year with only the addition of some new songs. They do the same thing with cod too so it's only a matter of time before that gets canned.

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Comment #28 by HeadLikeAHole
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 12:02:08 PM
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If they seriously stop making good games like dj hero and true crime to focus on the repetive and boring gameplay that is cod, I'm not buying another game with the stupid activision logo on it; sorry to all the good developpement team that work for them and don't get the respect they deserve. From now, activision knows where i can put my money, in my wallet.

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Comment #29 by jin0869
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 12:09:47 PM
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yes death to all games that end in hero please.

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Comment #30 by MustaPastori
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 12:11:16 PM
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And nothing of value was lost.

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Comment #31 by R0Y4LEwitCHEESE
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 12:26:07 PM
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DJ Hero was fantastic. I was hoping for at least one more but both games are fantastic.

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Comment #32 by Bucksea
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 12:36:55 PM
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Activision seem like they'd rather not make profit.
Dj hero was a silly idea though

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Comment #33 by shavron
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 12:53:43 PM
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I played DJ Hero on my brother-in-law's Wii shortly after it came out and it was actually pretty enjoyable gameplay. My main problem was the music was exactly my cup of tee. But I had a fun time nonetheless.

I hope FreeStyle games doesn't get shut down, just because people loosing jobs because their bosses over saturated the market, inducing consumer fatigue leading to declined sales is not cool (holy run on sentence, Batman!).

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Comment #34 by Obsulete
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 01:02:57 PM
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They ran Guitar Hero into the ground by releasing a new one every 6 month, how do they figure they not going to do the same with Call of Duty. How many CoD games do they have coming out in the next year, 3?

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Comment #35 by Masterchief950
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 01:12:47 PM
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F U Activision, I was not going to buy MW3 this year or whatever they are releasing and now I'm definitely sticking to that long live Battlefield and Dice since they at least update the damn engine of their games.

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Comment #36 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 01:15:12 PM
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Lol now that Acti has Bungie, they CAN get rid of everything else!

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Comment #37 by shavron
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 01:15:20 PM
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@34 Umm.... I could be mistaken so I'll check a few different sites. Nope. My initial thought was right. There is one Call of Duty coming in 2011.

Something else I kind of wonder; do you guys think that Bungie hears all this crap going on at Activision and then ponder "What the fuck where we thinking?"

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Comment #38 by ShadowZant
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 01:17:47 PM
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I don't mind that Guitar Hero is gone, but I'm slightly disappointed that DJ Hero is getting canned as well.

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Comment #39 by Jewshie
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 01:39:12 PM
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Looking Forward to COD Hero :)

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Comment #40 by Balamatrix
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 01:48:36 PM
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i just hope they dont start releasing Call of Duty games like Guitar Hero ones.2 and 3 games a year

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Comment #41 by Samurai Kadaj
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 01:51:14 PM
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I loved Guitar Hero and DJ Hero, but I'm glad they're being shelved. The oversaturation will have finally stopped and if and when a new Hero game comes out, developers will have had time to come up with something to make the game actually good again. Activision relys on quantity over quality. That's how great game series like Guitar Hero get run into the ground. Never been a huge Call of Duty fan, but if Activision is relying entirely on CoD for console gaming (I'm not counting WoW, Starcraft, or Diablo because they're all PC exclusives), CoD will oversaturate the market, too.

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Comment #42 by Axel Desade
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 02:09:35 PM
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I don't mind the Guitar Hero thing too much. I started hating those games when I went to a Wal-Mart and saw 5 GH games that were all $60 a piece still.

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Comment #43 by jtr1gg3r
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 02:41:33 PM
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What happened to Scratch: Ultimate DJ??


Still, screwin, DJ hero is pretty fun.......... bladdered XD

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Comment #44 by Kreegles
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 02:48:56 PM
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Monopoly by rockband!! :D

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Comment #45 by BuckitBong
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 02:55:09 PM
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Hopefully these games will be sold and picked up by other developers and we may see something in the future. I will miss James Bond. I hope Kotex, I mean Kotick has a heart attack and keels over.

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Comment #46 by stardestroyer
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 03:41:58 PM
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@45 you're calling him a tampon. that's funny

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Comment #47 by jcloverboy
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 03:48:17 PM
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Yes it's true that the market was being over-saturated with Guitar Hero games, but, if done right music games are great fun.

It's the band-centric games that really kill with the ability to offer DLC (something Activision hasn't handled well with Guitar Hero anyways).

The DJ Hero games were a lot of fun for me and I find it a shame that the series is gone. I know full well we won't be seeing too much DLC incoming. Activision would much rather release shite DLC and release a new game every 8 months.

Any time people lose jobs it's a shame.

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Comment #48 by Amato605x
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 04:05:24 PM
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Now, i'm just waiting for Call of Duty to get canned. S.S.D.D. since 2008. CoD 4 all the way.

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Comment #49 by MiNiM61
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 04:10:07 PM
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If Guitar Hero went back to being focus on what its name suggested - a guitar only game, it would probably do much better. I know once i had played Guitar Hero: World Tour it just didn't feel fun anymore, and I didn't get a Guitar Hero game after that.

Still play Guitar Hero 2 & 3 though, they were brilliant and still are.

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Comment #50 by Draznar
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 04:20:07 PM
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If they lost their jobs it would be only themselves they have to blame. Perhaps this rude awakening will help them to create some quality games.

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Comment #51 by T9XKR3W
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 04:21:36 PM
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Comment #52 by Redskinsfan26
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 04:21:37 PM
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Okay. Now I'm pissed....

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Comment #53 by T9XKR3W
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 04:22:43 PM
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Comment #54 by xCHICKEN DIXx
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 04:27:20 PM
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everyone quit buying cod that will teach them lets shut them down activision use 2 be respectable

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Comment #55 by Fyzban
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 04:49:51 PM
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Activision are pathetic now ,they can pray god they have COD but someday this franchise too will se a decline. Starcraft and warcraft are blizzard property , if they split someday activision got nothing.

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Comment #56 by L16HTZ
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 05:05:29 PM
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EA,Ubisoft or MS need to buy up Freestyle Games and hopefully release a DJ Hero 3

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Comment #57 by H0p3sfalL
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 05:22:39 PM
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And the ripple affect of IW continues

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Comment #58 by luffybuggy
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 05:55:53 PM
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Damn...I was really hopin for more DJ Hero. They had some nice mixes in 2 and i wouldve loved to see more. A bit of a disappointment. I didnt check the comments that much, but...

Isnt anyone pissed about spending all that money on the instruments/turntables (for those that did) and now there arent anymore games? Maybe not because of rock band I guess?

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Comment #59 by Zanders459
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 06:07:37 PM
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You know what, at least we still have rock band to keep our rock music appetites sated. I love the dj hero soundtracks. Its a real shame that there wont be anymore.

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Comment #60 by Young Lil Teezy
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 06:11:21 PM
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I hope Activision bites the dust. Or Blizzard buys them out or some shit fuck activision. Kotick is a money hungry nazi

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Comment #61 by Tkbacon99
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 06:26:22 PM
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Got to admit, I am not to affected by this... When I do play music games it is always Rock Band, which has always been best.

I like how everyone is finding a way to trash CoD on a thread for DJ Hero, but whatever.

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Comment #62 by NMANOZ
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 06:27:03 PM
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UPDATE: PALGN can confirm, from numerous sources, that the above news is true, and that approximately 500 staff have been made redundant. PALGN wishes the best of luck to those who lost their jobs.

Unfortunately the worst has happened.

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Comment #63 by 12ozkrue
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 06:40:01 PM
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worse part of all this is that they keep flooding new Call of Duty's out every 6 months now... who cares, it's the same thing just different era/weapons..... work on one make it good and release it. IW and Treyarch are just shoving these out to make money

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Comment #64 by Greenmember
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 06:52:43 PM
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This is hilarious, so here's what I'm thinking, Harmonix made GH a great series, it's been milked now. Poor Free Style, they're a great and innovative developer, I really hope there aren't any layoff, they've got a damn fine development team. And Activision boots up the new COD development team along with yearly enstallments. After Infinity Ward was partially dissolved COD has been on the downhill slope. Treyarch is a fine developer, I downplayed the crap out of Black Ops before it came out, but when I got to playing it, I've got to admit, they did a fine job. But the multiplayer were just tweaks done to the masterpiece that Infinity Ward made. This series is on the downhill slope, its going to get milked till it's dry. I can see Battlefield 3 or Respawn Entertainment will be on top.

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Comment #65 by StillTIPPIN187
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 06:55:36 PM
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Im not too sure if DJ hero was a good idea.

Ive noticed alot of posts on multiple sites that even True Crime being cut that everyone was looking forward to it.. and i thought DJ hero was a pretty big game as well?

The guitar hero series was definately the right franchise to end.. That crap hasn't gave decent number since GH3.

Now to get rid of tony hawk games and put true crime back in development!

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Comment #66 by awise107
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 07:02:20 PM
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anyone remember the 10 year deal Bungie has with them? guarantee they won't bring the repetition that currently plagues (and has plagued) their release cycle.

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Comment #67 by BackerMan
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 07:43:21 PM
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They will do more call of duty games. Don't be surpise if they'll do two call of duty games a year starting next year.

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Comment #68 by Shadowoso323
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 09:04:10 PM
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Dammit Activision! Screw you guys! Taking developers and turning them into shit!

FreeStyle, fuck Activision and just go with EA before they close you guys up.

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Comment #69 by Guilty Trace
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 09:44:58 PM
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About damn time...

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Comment #70 by SuperWoody64
Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 09:49:42 PM
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The bad thing about focusing on Call of Duty games is that GuitarHero and TonyHawk both used to be on top of the world. Now they're dropped like bad habits. Relying on CoD and movie tie ins isn't a great business plan. Putting pressure on Blizzard to make more StarCraft and WarCraft games will ultimately result in a decline also. The reason their games are so profitable is because they don't cram a $60 price tag down our throats every 6 months. They take their time making the best possible product and the consumers know they'll get their money worth.
I wonder how long the "we won't charge to play CoD online" line will stand.

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Comment #71 by Dragon captin87
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 01:43:47 AM
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WOW, i JUST bought this game like 2 days ago. been loving it so far, but hat to see that its canned. was looking forward to some dlc add-ons, though i guess thats gone as well.

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Comment #72 by Zmoke
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 02:31:26 AM
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I wouldn't be surprised if they'd announce the Tony Hawk series canned too. They should simply start a new IP for a change.

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Comment #73 by KingSigy
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 03:07:06 AM
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I'd hate to see the company disbanded, but this economy does blow. I wish them the best.

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Comment #74 by Ghost 06Echo
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 03:45:12 AM
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some times you have to know when to hold em and know when to fold em and A-vision has Aces and 8s. smoth move. DJ hero 2 could have been great if they had just marketed it better and made a few easy changes. well to late now i gess xG06Ex

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Comment #75 by Samurai Kadaj
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 04:47:25 AM
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@50 You seem to be ignorant to how the game industry works. You basically have developers and publishers; developers do all the work, and publishers bark out the orders because they have the money. When Activision says, "make another Guitar Hero game and do it in 6 months," RedOctane has no choice but to comply. When RedOctane says, "but that's not enough time for a quality entry in the series," Activision says, "we don't give a crap, we're not making enough money."

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Comment #76 by 371955197
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 05:57:11 AM
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Activision will destory Call of duty and the other games

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Comment #77 by Krafty92
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 08:32:21 AM
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@25 "Not reusing the same formula every-time" That is HILARIOUS because that is ALL Cod is, your stupidity makes me ROFL by the way, anyway on a good note Cod will DIE because Acti is saturating the market so that makes me a happy camper watching cod die so its time to sit back and enjoy the fireworks.

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Comment #78 by Rastaman20
Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 02:54:23 PM
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welp thats pretty lame i liked the DJ Hero games

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Comment #79 by RIIIPPER
Saturday, February 12, 2011 @ 07:34:15 PM
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Never played DJ Hero, but will miss GH -- always a good cheap pickup at the pawn shop for some fun with friends. Weird to see the rhythm genre dying off though -- not like they did a lot of work on the graphics -- they just bought songs!

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Comment #80 by Angelusbane
Sunday, February 13, 2011 @ 03:37:24 AM
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Activision bought out 19 music based titles in 5 years and most of them required buying extra peripherals to go with them. I for one wont miss this series as I just can't afford anymore pieces of plastic.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011 @ 03:46:08 AM
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Im not really sad to see the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero series go. Im not going to lie, I do enjoy them but not that much. ( Except for my GH: Metallica, best gh game ever)

Activision is a good company. They have the Call of Duty series, Blizzard entertainment and other games to use. but sooner or later, they will get cut off. The CoD games get old sometimes. Black Ops was a complete fail to me. Activision went to Treyarch to make a game that I ended up breaking after just playing a few multiplayer games. Starcraft is great, so is WoW, but sooner or later CoD is going to die out and Starcraft and WoW will be all that they have left. Activision needs to pull thier heads and something out of their a** if they want to stay up and running in this gameing industtry.

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