Activision announced today via press release that they have stopped production on their mob-themed open-world action game True Crime: Hong Kong. Activision said that the game was cancelled in order to preserve the company’s commitment to only releasing top-quality games and “the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world’s best interactive entertainment experiences.” In other words, since they knew True Crime wasn’t going to be as successful as Call of Duty, they canned it. Admittedly, the True Crime franchise had a reputation of being somewhat of a GTA clone, albeit one of the better ones – putting your weight behind a horse that’s shooting for second place simply isn’t Activision’s style.
On a separate, but also unsurprising note; the release also announced that Activision this year’s entry in the Guitar Hero franchise. Last year’s edition, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock was released in September to middling reviews and even worse sales.
According to a customer survey from producer Activision, the Red Hot Chili Peppers may be the next band in line to be immortalized in their own special Guitar Hero game. RHCP would be the fourth band to appear to their own Guitar Hero entry, following in the footsteps of Arrosmith, Val Halen and Metallica.
A Kotaku reader forwarded the survey to the blog, which described the game as similar to previous band-centric GH titles; the track list would mostly come from the band, with a few songs from guest artists hand-picked by the band. The survey implies that, though the track list will have albums from every part of the band’s history, it will focus on “Californication”, “By the Way” and their upcoming new album.
Activision has not made any kind of official comment confirming or denying the game, and there is no word on when the game would be released. That said, given that the Chili Peppers’ new album probably won’t drop until this Fall, the game almost certainly won’t be coming before then. if the game is coming in 2010, there will likely be an official announcement in the near future, possibly at E3 in June.