Viewing Company : FreeStyle Games

FreeStyle Games is a British video game development studio independently run under the Activision Blizzard umbrella. The first game the company developed under Activision’s ownership was DJ Hero and they later reinvigorated the Guitar Hero franchise with Guitar Hero Live. In April 2016, Activision announced layoffs and a restructuring of the studio.

Activision shutting down Guitar Hero Live's 'GHTV' mode December 1st

It was one of the first Watch List posts I ever made on Delisted Games and sadly, it has finally come to pass. Guitar Hero Live’s innovative 24/7, always-on, music streaming “GHTV” mode will be shut down on December 1st, 2018. I’ve been expecting this news for years after Activision disbanded the developer, FreeStyle Games, but it was submitter supreme, GamerFirebird90, who first shared the news with the site. The official announcement which was made on June 1st on an Activision Support page follows:

We want to thank you for being valued fans and let you know that as of December 1, 2018, the GHTV mode within Guitar Hero Live will no longer be available to play. On that date, we will terminate the service for GHTV and servers will be shut down. Console versions of the GH Live mode will continue to operate as usual.

As of June 1, 2018, iOS versions of the Guitar Hero Live game for mobile will no longer be available for download via the app store. However, if you currently own the app and have it installed on your device, you can continue to play the GH Live mode on your installed device. Please note: if you update your iOS software, the app may no longer be supported.

Additionally, on June 1, 2018, all GHTV in-game purchases will be turned off. Players can continue to use their Hero Cash and items on hand until the GHTV sunset date of December 1, 2018.

Thank you for playing GHTV, and head to GH Live mode on console to continue to play.

I will definitely be recording video of my last few months with GHTV but I’m not sure where I can post it. Since licensed songs and music videos are constantly playing, I’m sure YouTube would strike any uploads from my channel immediately. Twitch is a possibility as well but whatever I wind up doing I’ll post about it here (in advance too, if it turns out to be a live stream). In the meantime I’ll have the deadline date added to the Watch List calendar and get a page ready for the site.


I’ve been playing Guitar Hero Live with a bit of urgency ever since I heard about its poor sales performance in February. One half of the game will always be available to play on the disc. The other half, the portion of the game that I was most drawn to, is Guitar Hero TV. GHTV is an always-on, 24/7 streaming music video mode that puts today’s MTV to shame. As you load up the game you drop into whatever song happens to be playing on either of the two available channels. Songs are themed and divided up into 30 or 60 minute blocks. As you play you compete against other players’ scores and earn experience, Coins and customizable note highways and player cards. It’s proven to be quite a lot of fun and incredibly addictive as the songs — good, bad and weird — just keep streaming in.

All that licensing, streaming and online multiplayer has to cost a ton to maintain, even for Activision. With this week’s news that Activision would be downsizing and restructuring development studio, FreeStyle Games, I can’t help but nudge the game onto the Watch List. Activision confirmed in their statement that FreeStyle would continue to maintain Guitar Hero Live and that new content was forthcoming but they aren’t planning to continue the series in their “current cycle”.

With the game so reliant on streaming HD video it was only a matter of time before Activision pulled the plug. Even if the game was a hit they would eventually have stopped GHTV to support the same mode in a sequel. It was always an inevitability but after this week’s news it seems even closer than I feared. Time to pay for a 24 hour pass and finally hit the level cap!