There will be no skateboarding games, no music games coming from Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero publisher Activision in 2011. That means no DJ Hero 3 to play and no Tony Hawk games to stand on this year. And, oh yeah, no Guitar Hero games.
This is the DEK and it may be the first video game peripheral designed to work with the latest, wildly unpopular Tony Hawk skateboarding and snowboarding games that require dedicated skateboard controllers to play.
Perhaps you've seen the stack of Tony Hawk: Shred skateboard bundles sitting at your local video game store. You might want to get used to them, because the game's first week sales number are very, very low.
A mere two weeks before the release of its second game, Tony Hawk: Shred developer Robomodo is hit by layoffs, with sources reporting 30 to 60 jobs being cut due to the loss of the Tony Hawk franchise.
First footage of Shred in action certainly makes it look like a capable entry in the series. The biggest question mark is how well that skateboard peripheral will work when the game ships later this year.
Recently in New York it was Gabe who showed me the next Tony Hawk video game, Tony Hawk Shred. Gabe did a great job, especially for someone who would be happy to be paid in toys. Gabe is seven.
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk may have just officially sent the Activision PR team into a 720-degree tizzy, tweeting about Tony Hawk: Shred, quite possibly the more shred-tastic follow-up to the skateboard-as-controller experiment Tony Hawk: Ride.