With an American economy still trying to regather itself from rock bottom, gaming, and Activision in this case, have experienced massive layoffs. One of the biggest juggernauts in gaming history, Guitar Hero
, experienced these layoffs, and ultimately a shutdown of series. In a recent interview though, Activision VP of developer relations and acquisitions Dan Winters said, Actually, just to clarify, we're just putting Guitar Hero on hiatus; we're not ending it. We're releasing products out of the vault. We'll continue to sustain the channel; the brand won't go away. We're just not making a new one for next year; that's all.
A year away from Guitar Hero has proven smart for Activision as the franchise was selling fewer and fewer copies, but the question is if the public will be ready for another game in 2012 (at the earliest)?