Freestyle responds to closure concern

Is "working with Activision on various options".

DJ Hero developer Freestyle Games has broken its silence on Activision's closure of the Guitar Hero business.

In a statement issued to Eurogamer, Freestyle's design director David Osbourn, creative director Jamie Jackson and commercial director Chris Lee said: "We're actively working with Activision on various options going forward for the studio.

"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."

Last night Eurogamer broke the news that Activision had closed its Guitar Hero business, ending the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero franchises. The US giant also revealed plans to axe 500 jobs.

Sources indicated Activision had hit Freestyle with layoffs, but the studio and its owner are yet to comment on this issue.

While already released downloadable content will still be available to purchase, no new tracks will be released.

During Activision's financial call to investors, publishing boss Eric Hirshberg explained the decision.

"Given the considerable licensing and manufacturing costs associated with this genre, we simply cannot make these games profitably, based on current economics and demand," he said.

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