Layoffs at Harmonix

Rock Band and Dance Central studio cuts "small number" of jobs due to "shifting priorities" for company's upcoming games.

Rock Band and Dance Central creator Harmonix has cut a "small number" of jobs, the Cambridge, Mass. studio has confirmed with Polygon.

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

No greater detail regarding why the cuts were necessary was provided. Polygon has heard from sources that the layoffs, described as part of normal business procedure, totaled around 10 people.

The staff reduction comes about a month after venture capital firm The Foundry Group managing director Brad Feld joined Harmonix's board of directors. The group claims Harmonix is working on a "new generation of games that transform the way humans and computers interact."

Last summer, Harmonix confirmed it was working at at least two new AAA games, one of which may feature real-time combat.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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28 comments
CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

good dev. i wonder what next gen they are doing. i hope not just kinect hd stuff.

philcoom
philcoom

I've seen it coming for awhile now. When they started posting songs that were already in the RB1 and RB2 games as DLC it was evident they were on the downhill slide. There are so many songs that are available from bands that already they have as DLC that they haven't made as DLC is what puzzles me.

saltbalsak
saltbalsak

I dunno, the Dance Central series ownz and is the only reason to use Kinect. I think we'll see at LEAST 2 more iterations of it with the next launching with the 720

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I knew RB3 was the last one we were going to see. The licensing fees and such with the music industry basically killed this genre because songs wouldn't carry from one game to the next 100%... well, that and grandmas started playing it and that is uncool and it quickly died there-after. 

I wish they would hurry up and use facebook more so that can die already too. 

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

Rockband is one of; if not the best group game ever. We had some great parties with that game. I sincerely hope to see them turn things around. 

okassar
okassar

They should make a new Rockband, simply titled "Rockband" for the next-gen with all new instruments with new features that weren't possible before and whatnot. I think people are ready for another good music game.

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

I guess that means no more rythm/dance games, meaning were stuck with just dance... *screams* Well now that that's out of my system...

BuBsay
BuBsay

That really quite sucks, Harmonix seems like one of the nicest companies (that's not located in Eastern Europe), I've had multiple conversations with Harmonix employees in the past because they're always frequenting the Rock Band forums (and in the past the Scorehero forums) and talking to people and getting feedback.


Sad to see one of the few good companies having layoffs.

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

Their priority should be make games for teen girls that like justin bieber's girly voice, and have very low intelligence, what's so hard about that?

baxwam
baxwam

Not surprising since they don't even support rock band any more. 

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I never liked music games to begin with. Maybe those employees who got laid off can go start making real games.

ethanm1834
ethanm1834

It's really sad what happened to this genre. Over saturation of the genre killed it. Had it started in this day and age it would have been better for it. They could really have taken advantage of the DLC system in today's market. Making a new game every say 4 years or so. In between games you release 10 track DLC per two months. Charge a nominal fee. Hindsight is 20/20.

Cypress131
Cypress131

"due to "shifting priorities" for company's upcoming games."

Harmonix has upcoming games?

ant19831983
ant19831983

A new type of competition within the games industry, to see which company can lay off the most people.

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

HMX has already made a downloadable spiritual successor to Amplitude last year called Rock Band Blitz.  HMX also said Amplitude is a Sony IP, so it can't be made without Sony's cooperation.

HelIWithoutSin
HelIWithoutSin

There have only been two songs from RB2 that have been put up as DLC, and they were re-released as DLC because they weren't originally part of the RB2 export to RB3 due to licensing issues.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@okassar 

If they did make another game, that would be great. I still play Rock Band 3 quite frequently. Hell, I still play Guitar Hero every now and then.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@JLCrogue 

If you don't like music games, then why did you take the time and effort to post a comment here? Also, I'd love to hear what you define as a "real game." Probably some stupid crap like COD...

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@ant19831983 

They only laid off ten people. That's not bad considering many other companies have laid off entire development teams.

sofalover
sofalover

@Fryboy101 You're the ignorant one not being able to spot sarcasm, I think we'll leave it at that to spare you more embarrassment and your three tards who liked.

Fryboy101
Fryboy101

@sofalover @Fryboy101 Forgive me, it's just difficult to tell what's sarcasm and what isn't when it's typed out. Plus, I'm used to people coming to Rock Band related boards and just calling out how much they suck just because theyre rhythm games. I will retract my statement