Following news earlier today that Blur dev Bizarre Creations was facing down an uncertain future, Activision has axed another one of its acquisitions – Budcat Creations.
Guitar Hero developer Neversoft has accepted that publisher Activision will release a Hero game every year despite admitting the studio lost its soul competing with rival Rock Band.
Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch has dismissed music games as "crap" - and wished instant death on everyone who plays them.
Rocker Jack White, who recently signed a deal for his songs to appear in the new Guitar Hero game, has complained about kids playing Guitar Hero games.
UFC 2009: Undisputed remains champion of the UK chart for the week ending 30th May, despite plenty of big-name new entries.
Prince has said he turned down a deal to put his songs in Guitar Hero. (That's the artist formerly known as the funny symbol thing Prince, not the one who talks to plants or the one who likes to dress up as Nazis or the one who's a massive racist.)
There was a time when almost no one cared about appearing in Guitar Hero. Record industry types would seek clarification: "So, the kids play along with our artist's music on a Fisher Price plastic guitar?" Then they'd politely decline the offer, toddling off to snort the last of their terminally ill industry's profits.
But by the time Rock Band rolled around, every band, manager, song publisher and industry-head was smashing down Harmonix's gates for the opportunity to be in the game. Everyone wanted a stake in this brave new interactive musical world where profits went up, not down, and where piracy was virtually impossible.
And yet despite the meteoric rise of rhythm-action, Metallica - those Luddite, Napster-killing metal-heads - remained not only disinterested, but positively hostile to the idea of their music being cheapened by a videogame. They blocked offers from all of the music-game makers, denying teenagers across the globe the chance to spandex up and role-play Lars Ulrich.
Metallica founder Lars Ulrich is embarrassed that his children can recreate his drum parts in Guitar Hero: Metallica better than he can.
Activision has popped a Guitar Hero: Metallica demo on Xbox Live Marketplace.
Activision boss Mike Griffith has told analysts there will be a Guitar Hero Greatest Hits compilation and a third Guitar Hero game for DS this year.
Guitar Hero developer Neversoft has announced that the World Tour drum kit is to get a standalone release.
Heavy metal band Metallica has unveiled the full track list for Guitar Hero: Metallica. And they should know.
Activision has told Eurogamer that Guitar Hero: Metallica will be rocking onto European shelves this May.
The publisher's comments come after a internal schedule was supposedly leaked to French website LiveWii, citing the same date.
The news is also hot on the heels of US retailer GameStop claiming Guitar Hero: Metallica will be out there on 29th March.
Yesterday we talked you through our 2009 picks for Indie and Esoterica, which is us at our most self-indulgent, so today we turn to what will be some of the biggest and most profitable games of 2009. Quality, after all, is not anathema to profit.
The American magazine Game Informer has secured the first details on Guitar Hero: Metallica, the second in the series to feature a headline band after this year's Aerosmith game. You can find a precis at the Score Hero forum.
Once again, the track listing mixes Metallica's own work with a smattering of supporting metal acts. Foo Fighters, Queen, Slayer, Judas Priest, Mastodon and Samhain will back up a Metallica greatest-hits compilation including Enter Sandman, Master of Puppets and For Whom The Bell Tolls.
Naturally it supports the full Guitar Hero World Tour kit, with drums and vocals joining guitar and bass. You can also use Metallica- and Slayer-influenced sounds in the GHTunes recording studio.
Investment analyst Ben Schachter of UBS has been poring over the sales figures of Guitar Hero and Rock Band in the US, and has found that the Activision Blizzard series outsold the EA games by over a million copies in November.
The picture isn't quite as clear-cut as it seems, though. Schachter - as quoted by GameSpot - found that Guitar Hero sales are in decline compared to last year, while Rock Band's are increasing sharply. Overall, the huge US market for music games created by the original Guitar Hero seems to be in decline.
Over 1.7 million Guitar Hero games of all versions and formats were sold in the US in November, of which 978,000 were copies of the latest version, Guitar Hero World Tour. This compares with 628,452 copies of Rock Band and Rock Band 2.
Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger has taken a pop at Guitar Hero, saying players would be better off learning a real instrument.
The next single-band version of Guitar Hero has been confirmed as Guitar Hero: Metallica, and given a 2009 release date.
Confirmation comes via a short teaser trailer that's an unlockable Easter egg in the latest release in the series, Guitar Hero World Tour.
The teaser first appeared on YouTube last week, and Gamespot has now confirmed its authenticity and uploaded it for you to view.
Activision boss Bobby Kotick has declared Guitar Hero is winning the battle of the band-based games.
Legendary dead guitarist Jimi Hendrix is set to get his very own Guitar Hero game.
Activision Blizzard plans to triple the number of Guitar Hero games on sale by 2010.
Marilyn Manson is one of three artists from Interscope Records whose songs will be playable in Guitar Hero 3 from tomorrow.
Activision Blizzard has decided to use the popularity of Guitar Hero to create a "credible alternative" to iTunes.
Famous rockers such as Guns 'N Roses and Van Halen are said to be fleshing out deals to capitalise on the popularity of Guitar Hero and Rock Band.
Guitar-playing American pop star John Mayer has had a go at Guitar Hero, arguing nothing can compare to playing a real musical instrument.