Layoffs Hit Harmonix

A spokesperson for Harmonix has confirmed with Polygon that the company has laid off an undisclosed number of employees.

"We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today," a Harmonix spokesperson told Polygon. "This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix's multiple future projects."

The confirmation came after several fellow developers sent their sympathies out to employees who had just received the news that they no longer had jobs.

The news comes on the heels that Rock Band and Dance Central makers had secured financing through venture capital firm The Foundry Group. Harmonix revealed that it was working on three games (at least one of which was a real-time combat game) last June.

While Harmonix did not officially confirm the numbers, Polygon claims that a source close to the situation says that around ten employees have been let go.

On a related note, superannuation found that BioShock 2 lead designer Zak McClendon updated his LinkedIn profile to list himself as the design director at Harmonix. Michelle Mangio, the manager of engineering and platform integration at Turbine, also started at Harmonix this week, according to LinkedIn. Her new title is director of Quality Assurance, according to her profile.

Source: Polygon


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