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Layoffs Hit Rare
Microsoft owned studio Rare has apparently undergone layoffs following disappointing sales of Kinect Sports Rivals. Eurogamer reports that around 16 people, consisting predominantly of design and project managers, have been let go.
IGN received the following statement from Microsoft:
“At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences. As part of Rare’s commitment to this goal, we have made a decision to change our development process and methodology at Rare to best support our future projects, this has led to us reviewing the skills and the makeup of our development teams in our business.
“Rare continues to invest in our people and future projects.”
Even though 16 people were let go, Rare still employees just under 150 individuals, and it’s common to find layoffs occurring following the end of a studio’s development cycle on a certain title. Just last week Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that Kinect Sports Rivals was indeed “successful” and that following the company’s decision to sever Kinect from Xbox One, Rare is evaluating its future.