Rock Band developer Harmonix cuts jobs ahead of the holidays

Cambridge, Mass. developer Harmonix hands out pink slips ahead of the holidays to "small number" of employees due to "shifting staffing priorities."

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Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix today confirmed a modest staff reduction, cutting a "small number" of jobs ahead of the holidays due to "shifting staffing priorities."

"We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today," a Harmonix representative told GameSpot after Joystiq broke the news. "This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix's multiple future projects."

It is unclear how many developers total lost their jobs today or what the company's current headcount is.

This is not the first round of job losses at the Cambridge, Mass. developer this year. The studio also cut a small number of jobs in April, using the same exact quote to describe the cullings as the statement issued today.

Harmonix is currently working on the Xbox-exclusive Fantasia: Music Evolved, but also has other unannounced projects in the works, including possibly a combat-themed game. The studio is not ostensibly looking to staff up significantly, as the outfit only has one open position posted to its website.

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