Activision Closes Budcat Studio

Fresh off the back of the goings on over at Bizarre Creations, Activision has confirmed that Budcat, known for their work on the Guitar Hero franchise, has been closed:

“We continue to streamline our music development resources to ensure that they are aligned against our slate and strategic goals.

As a result, we are implementing a targeted reduction in jobs in our Quality Assurance team in California and closing our Budcat studio in Iowa. Budcat has been a great partner to Activision and has created a lasting impact on the Guitar Hero franchise.

Approximately 88 positions, or approximately 1 percent of our global workforce, will be impacted by these reductions. We are working to redirect those employees that are impacted to other parts of the company where possible, as well as offering them outplacement counseling services.”

There were also rumblings that LucasArts were handing out P45s, which have since been confirmed:


“LucasArts recently made a minor adjustment in staffing to help us better address the needs of the business.  We remain committed to our internal studio – and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners – in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans.”



  1. Guitar Hero pretty much bombed this year, not as bad as the awesome Rockband3, but it still bombed. I’d expect their to be lots of trimming in the music game genre before next years releases, unless of course everyone makes dance games, Band Hero Dance… anyone?

  2. 88 people got redistributed or made redundant because they thought it was ok to milk the cash cow? Tragedy.

    If you can’t innovate, get out.

    • That’s a bit of a flipant comment don’t you think?

      As someone who is currently awaiting my fate in regards to redundancy, I can tell you that it sucks losing a job that you have been working hard in for years- especially at this time of year.

      Surely Budcat were only producing projects that Activision were assigning them to?

      • Sure they were, and those people had quite a lot of time to realise they were on a sinking ship.

  3. Uhh, Flippant, that meant to say.

  4. Budcat have only been porting Guitar Hero/Band Hero to the PS2 (and Wii on one occasion) since they became part of Activision, they were bought for a purpose that isn’t there anymore, as clearly Activision have realised that PS2 sales are the smallest of their dismal overall Guitar Hero sales. If for two years you’ve been working on a dying market, this was somewhat inevitable.

    I still have plenty of sympathy for them but it was obviously coming from the first year they were bought by them.

  5. Not too bothered, we’ve had enough Guitar Hero’s. Still, sad for the people that have lost their jobs.

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