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Harmonix Reduces Staff, Hires Bioshock 2 Lead Developer
Today we learned that the Harmonix, the makers of the music genre smash hits Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central, reduced their staff size by about ten people. In a communication with Polygon, a Harmonix Spokesperson stated:
“We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today. This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix’s multiple future projects.”
This falls in line with what many speculated would happen upon Harmonix’s involvement with the Foundry Group about a month ago. The venture capital firm’s managing director Brad Feld had stated previously that he met with Harmonix founding members Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy to preview three new titles they were working on, one of which was rumored to be a real-time fighting game.
Another highly interesting discovery is that Zak McClendon, Lead Designer of Bioshock 2, is now listing himself as a Design Director at Harmonix. Michelle Mangio is also starting as the new Director of Quality Harmonix this week. With the new talent rolling in, it seems that Harmonix is well on the way to stepping out of the music genre and into something that we can all sink our teeth into.