Gamespot reports that Activision last year spent nearly $91 million to acquire indie publisher RedOctane and its popular rhythm game licence, Guitar Hero. Subsequently, MTV Networks bought Guitar Hero developer Harmonix for $175 million. Guitar Hero development has been taken in-house at Activision-owned NeverSoft.
The situation has been further complicated with Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopoulos and vice president of EA Partners David DeMartini revealing that Activision's archrival EA will distribute the forthcoming MTV-branded game.
As for further details of the EA-published, MTV-branded game, Rigopoulos stated: “The project we're working on is by far, by far our most ambitious undertaking ever.”