Image: "Guitar Hero World Tour"
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The first "Guitar Hero" game was released in 2005; shown here is a screenshot from "Guitar Hero World Tour," which came out in 2008.
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updated 2/9/2011 6:06:24 PM ET 2011-02-09T23:06:24

Publisher Activision confirms that "Guitar Hero" and "True Crime: Hong Kong" are no more, writing, "due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's 'Guitar Hero' business unit and discontinue development on its 'Guitar Hero' game for 2011. The company also will stop development on 'True Crime: Hong Kong.'These decisions are based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world's best interactive entertainment experiences."

Activision's True Crime update, formerly True Crime: Hong Kong, was pushed back to calendar year 2011 last summer. The title was in development at Modnation Racers studio United Front Games. We last saw the game at GDC 2010.

The demise of the "Guitar Hero" franchise may not come as a surprise after declining sales of the series, which was most recently updated with the so-so "Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock."

Whether Activision will completely do away with "DJ Hero," following the alleged gutting of developer Freestyle Games, remains to be seen.

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