Harmonix lays off 37 employees

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Harmonix, developer of the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises, has announced it is laying off 37 full-time employees today.  This news comes hot the heels of Chroma, Harmonix’s rhythm based shooter, will need “substantial retooling, and on the success of Amplitude’s successful Kickstarter campaign.  CEO Alex Rigopulos is changing roles, becoming Harmonix’s new Chief Creative Officer.  Steve Janiak, previously of Harmonix’s publishing and business operations division, will take over as CEO.

In a statement to Joystiq, a Harmonix spokes person said the following “Harmonix is in the process of restructuring our organization to bring it into alignment with our current and future product development plans.  Unfortunately, this means making the difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time staff.”  Harmonix confirmed that no in-development projects will be affected by the lay-offs.

Harmonix is currently developing the Xbox Kinect game Fantasia: Music Evolved, the newly Kickstarted Amplitude, Chroma, or the iOS music title Record Run.  It is also heavily rumored that Harmonix is working on Dance Central 4 for the Xbox One as well.  We here at the League of Mediocre Gamers wish all the best to those who lost their jobs with these layoffs, and hope these talented people find new jobs quickly.

by, Bobby Marquardt

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