Ubisoft Buys Guitar Hero Live, DJ Hero Dev From Activision
FreeStyle Games is now owned by Ubisoft and has a new name.
FreeStyle Games is now owned by Ubisoft and has a new name.
Analysts disagree on whether Activision could have done things differently to keep rhythm series viable, but expect Tony Hawk to make an eventual return.
Activision confirms that downloadable content pipeline will dry up after this month.
Once-mighty rhythm franchise's latest installment canned; DJ Hero discontinued; United Front's open-world game also given the chop; no new skateboarding game in 2011; Activision's global workforce being culled by 7%.
Activision's turntable-based rhythm game returns for 360, PS3, Wii in two months with 90 on-disc tracks.
Third track pack for Activision's rhythm game will feature three mash-ups of six songs from the hip-hop impresarios, including "Without Me" vs. "Encore" and "Can I Get A…" vs. "Lose ...
Following 2009 rhythm glut, publisher reducing release count to one Guitar Hero, one DJ Hero in back half of year, no PS2 versions; iPhone adaptation in the works.
Modern Warfare 2's record sales can't prevent Oct.-Dec. shortfall caused by asset write-down; earnings still beat analysts' expectations, stock up in after-hours trading; full-year profit of $113 million.
Ex-Yahoo exec Dan Rosensweig departs "to pursue other career opportunities" after less than a year on the job.
Publisher counts Guitar Hero franchise extension as original intellectual property, says $120 rhythm game grossed more in US and Europe than any other new brand.
Bobby Kotick says he "can't wait" for next installment in tepidly received rhythm franchise; publisher refocusing on quality vs. quantity.
NPD analyst pegs total store-bought software figure at $1.46 million last month; Activision's shooter franchise most lucrative so far in 2009.
DJ Hero gets a rewind; Infinity Ward welcomes friendly fire.
EEDAR's Jesse Divnich, Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter say weak October sales due to nontraditional gamers not returning to retail, hardware price cuts giving fleeting lift; Activision CFO concurs.
Double Fine's heavy metal odyssey doesn't sell out--but does outsell former publisher's massively hyped turntable rhythm game.
Modern Warfare 2 launch window sees Bobby Kotick exercise nearly 2 million stock options for $1.99 million--which he immediately sells for $22.2 million.
Pacific Crest Securities predicts slow US start for Activision rhythm game in a month with sales down 20 percent; Borderlands pegged at 375,000.
Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter and EEDAR's Jesse Divnich believe software fell 9 to 11 percent last month; Uncharted 2, Borderlands, Wii Fit Plus lead sales.
Disappointment for other publishers as Band Hero, SingStar: Take That, and Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time all fail to break the top 10.
World's top publisher turns small profit on $703 million in sales; $4.05 billion 2009 outlook maintained despite concerns about holiday consumer spending.
Activision's latest rhythm game strikes discordant retail note as Football Manager 2010 jumps in at number one.
[UPDATE] Cowen and Company's Doug Creutz cuts sales projections for Activision's latest rhythm game by 61 percent, citing online demand that is "well below" expectations.
Activision spins out turntable-equipped rhythm game, along with Rockstar's second 360-only add-on and Episodes From Liberty City; Namco Bandai fighter, Microsoft racer, and Sony platformer also launching.
Go Around the World in DJ Hero.
Beastie Boys, Afrika Bambaataa, Bell Biv DeVoe, Herbie Hancock, Tiesto, M.I.A, Black Eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, Public Enemy, Justice, and Vanilla Ice all on board Activision's turntable game.
Source: UK industry news site GamesIndustry.biz. What we heard: Having already rocked over $2 billion out of Guitar Hero, Activision is expanding its rhythm game empire into other musical genres. ...
Just days after it revealed French tech-house duo Daft Punk would be joining DJ Hero, Activision has revealed two more acts that will appear in the game. The first is ...
Ever since its 1995 breakout hit "Da Funk," French tech-house act Daft Punk has been a fixture in dance clubs and at music festivals. Now, Rolling Stone magazine has revealed ...
North American release date of Activision's new mix-and-mash rhythm franchise confirmed; international launches to happen by Halloween.
We take our first turn on the wheels of steel in Activision's new rhythm game.
Bedlam Games takes over litigation-plagued rhythm title following Activision's acquisition of original developer; due out early next year.
$1.038 billion in revs yield $195 million in profit for Call of Duty, World of Warcraft publisher; Starcraft II delayed to "first half of 2010"; Modern Warfare 2 most preordered ...
GameStop puts an asking price on preorders for deluxe carry case version of Activision's upcoming rhythm game.
FreeStyleGames' creative director drops details on the upcoming rhythm game, which puts players behind the wheels of steel.
It's been a big week for Activision's upcoming turntable rhythm game, DJ Hero. Following on from yesterday's news that Jazzy Jeff would be making an appearance in DJ Hero, the ...
With its late 2009 release approaching fast, DJ Hero has added another high-profile turntablist to its virtual roster. Today, Red Octane announced that DJ Jazzy Jeff will appear in the ...
UFC publisher reveals first peripheral-specific title, claiming it will have a "competitive advantage" by being "different from anything else."
Naughty Dog's PS3-exclusive sequel wins Best of Show, 5TH Cell's DS puzzler honored for Best Original Game by industry media collaboration.
CEO Robert Kotick tells The Times that Sony doesn't "make it easy for me to support the platform," calls for PS3 price cut.
GameStop listings suggest Activision is testing premium price points with Guitar Hero spin-offs; Modern Warfare 2 gets $80 special edition.
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