Poor Guitar Hero and Skylanders performance leads to layoffs at Activision

Some bad news for Activision casual fans.

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Activision’s more casual lineup of games didn’t perform as well as the publisher would have liked, and as a result, a number of layoffs are being reported.

According to a tip submitted to GameInformer, some staffing changes have hit Activision. “As announced on our earnings call, our games for core audiences did extremely well, but the casual audience has not yet emerged on next gen consoles,” an Activision spokesperson told the site. “So we are refocusing to better align with Activision’s long-term priorities because, as always, our strategy evolves to keep us ahead of a rapidly-changing industry. We are working with those impacted by the changes to offer outplacement services and support.”

The publication has reason to believe the Minneapolis, Minnesota location of Activision has been affected.

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    February 16, 2016 6:28 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Poor Guitar Hero and Skylanders performance leads to layoffs at Activision

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      February 16, 2016 6:30 AM

      More like "Wrong management decisions and overblown marketing budgets leads to layoffs at Activision" amirite?

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      February 16, 2016 6:41 AM

      Why is there a giant picture of Bowser at the top of the article? What does he have anything to do with Activision?

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      February 16, 2016 11:59 AM

      I was wondering about Skylanders. Seems like Infinity and Dimmensions have stolen the TTL crown.

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        February 16, 2016 12:07 PM

        We have all 3 money sinks and honestly Skylanders is probably the best at being a game and being fun in my opinion. Infinity is janky and while I appreciate Dimension's attempt at incorporating the portal more into gameplay it can be kind of a pain to have to get up constantly to shuffle little lego dudes around the pads. The music in Dimensions can also be a little grating and repetitive when you are trying to figure out the correct order for a puzzle or whatever.

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          February 16, 2016 12:11 PM

          We're an Infinity house and while we all love the figures, the game does leave a lot to be desired... Especially because we're not really into the Toy Box stuff. I never played Skylanders, but it did always look like the game itself was a lot more enjoyable. I have zero interest in Dimensions, mostly because I'm tired of the TT Games Lego formula. Paying for more characters isn't the way to make that more fun.

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            February 16, 2016 12:19 PM

            Infinity is really great because of the licenses it has and I agree it has the best figures. I just wish the base game was more stable. It crashes a lot and also likes to not save character progression to the toy properly so their skills randomly revert. Also sometimes the level scripting will break requiring in some cases to completely restart the entire campaign. In the Twilight of the Republic pack it got stuck once in the star map tutorial but wouldn't unlock any destinations. Attempts to exit/reload just put you right back in that same tutorial with no destinations. After deleting the save and redoing it all it finally worked right but as you can imagine that was very frustrating for the kids.

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      February 16, 2016 12:19 PM

      I'm surprised anyone bet anything on this generation of rhythm games.