Harmonix layoffs continue with 14 staff let go - Reports

Harmonix layoffs continue with 14 staff let go - Reports
Sean Cleaver

By Sean Cleaver

October 20th 2017 at 10:39AM

Further redundancies for the Rock Band developer in an attempy to reduce overheads

US-based developer Harmonix has had a bit of a rough year following reports of redundancies earlier in the year. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's getting any easier.

The developer behind the Rock Band series has recently released a new game, DropMix, and has been working on VR games, including a port of Rock Band to the Oculus Rift. However, this hasn't been enough to save jobs at the company.

According to sources speaking to Gamasutra, another 14 people have lost their jobs in an effort from the company to reduce overheads the redundancies were “to reduce our overhead and align our business with our current development slate.”

“This was a difficult decision and we’re grateful to our friends and former colleagues for their many contributions,” the statement continues. “We’re working to ensure that they’re taken care of as we make this change."

The developer, with a headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts, developer both the Guitar Hero and Rock Band series and were owned by media giant Viacom until 2010 when they went indpendent. However, over the course of the current generations of consoles, its styles of rhythm action games have not been as successful. A recent Fig crowdfunding campaign in an effort release Rock Band 4 on PC failed to reach its $1.5 million target.