After the grim news that the DJ Hero and Guitar Hero franchises were being put on hiatus and their business units disbanded, we were all but sure that FreeStyleGames, the developer of DJ Hero, would be among the causalities. Luckily, news has come today that they will not be shut down by Activision.
According to a statement from FreeStyleGames creative director, Jamie Jackson, the studio is looking forward to continuing their “strong partnership with Activision, with work starting on a new, innovative project.”
No details currently exist or were provided on what that project might just be, but at this point we aren’t expecting that to be a new DJ Hero title. Jackson was quick to thank FreeStyleGames’ supporters that have stuck behind them in these recent months following the announcement of the Hero hiatus. “We’d like to thank the team, our fans, the media and the video game industry at large for their support during this period,” said Jackson.
While the team will be shrinking (by about 35 members to be precise), the studio is just happy to be alive at this point. “Although we will be really sorry to lose members of the FreeStyleGames family, we have no doubt that their talents will be in high demand throughout the industry,” Jackson said. “We are consulting with the studio to offer tools and resources including outplacement counseling services and career fairs […] to those employees affected.”
FreeStyleGames was founded in 2002 by former members of Codemasters and Rare. Based in Warwickshire, UK, it currently has around 100 employees.