Harmonix lays off 37 staff
by Mike Suszek
Harmonix announced that it is undergoing an organizational restructure, resulting in the loss of 37 full-time positions. The news comes just one week after the developer successfully raised $844,127 on Kickstarter to create a successor to its 2002 cult favorite PS2 music game, Amplitude.
"Harmonix is in the process of restructuring our organization to bring it into alignment with our current and future product development plans," a Harmonix spokesperson told Joystiq. "Unfortunately, this means making the difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time staff."
The layoffs will not reportedly affect any of the games Harmonix currently has in production, namely Amplitude and Fantasia: Music Evolved as well as ongoing support of Record Run. Part of the company's restructure will result in studio head and CEO Alex Rigopulos stepping into the role of Chief Creative Officer while Steve Janiak will become CEO. Janiak was previously the head of Harmonix's publishing and business operations division.
"We sincerely appreciate the work of each and every one of these employees. Harmonix is working to ensure that those affected are well taken care of as we make this change," the spokesperson added. The layoffs are said to be unrelated to Microsoft's recent decision to unbundle the Xbox One from the Kinect. Harmonix's most recent franchise, Dance Central, is dependent on the device.