More industry layoffs this week, with Guitar Hero, Dance Central and Rock Band creator Harmonix the latest to be hit. We don’t have exact details at this time, but a “small number” of staff has been let go.
The news started popping up on Twitter in the form of sympathy tweets directed towards the Boston company, but a spokesperson has now officially commented on the news:
We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today. This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix’s multiple future projects.
It’s an unusual time for Harmonix – the studio recently netted the help of The Foundry Group, a venture capital firm and was revealed to be working on three new unannounced games, one of which may be a real-time combat release.
And while “about ten” employees have left the company, a couple of decently-big names have walked through the door in the other direction, with BioShock 2 lead designer Zak McClendon switching studios. Another new hire, Michelle Mangio, was formerly manager of engineering and platform integration at Turbine – she’s now head of Quality Assurance at Harmonix.