Harmonix Hit with Layoffs, Hires BioShock Lead Designer - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 April 2013 / 2,675 Views

There were Tweets yesterday that the Rock Band and Dance Central developer, Harmonix, was hit with layoffs. While the exact number of employees let go were not provided, Harmoix did tell Polygon that only "small number" were laid off.

"We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today," read a statement from a Harmonix spokesperson. "This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix's multiple future projects."

It was also Tweeted by superannuation that BioShock 2 lead designer Zak McClendon has updated his LinkedIn profile. The profile now says that he is the design director at Harmonix.

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JOKA_ (on 25 April 2013)

For people wondering about the Bioshock dude: a few months ago harmonix had a bunch of job openings for designers with open world/combat system experience. I am betting that their next game is going to deviate from their prior music centric games, and this hire fits in to that.

Runa216 (on 24 April 2013)

I love harmonix, and I do admit that Bioshock is a great series, but I'm really not seeing the connection.

Heavenly_King (on 23 April 2013)

Bioshock 2 lead designer in something music related? O_o

darkknightkryta (on 24 April 2013)

I think Harmonix is just restructuring their priorities. They're not going to make anymore money off of music games.

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