The once hugely lucrative Guitar Hero franchise is not dead, but has merely been left to rest before returning, Activision head of developer relations Dan Winters told

"Actually, just to clarify, we're just putting Guitar Hero on hiatus, we're not ending it," explained Winters.

"We're releasing products out of the vault - we'll continue to sustain the channel, the brand won't go away. We're just not making a new one for next year, that's all."

Earlier this year Activision announced it was to "disband" the Guitar Hero business unit and "discontinue development on its Guitar Hero game for 2011".

The news appeared to spell the end for Guitar Hero, but Activision is now leaving the door open for a return to its music franchise at some point down the line.