Rare Hit with Layoffs Due to Poor Kinect Sports Rivals Sales - NewsWilliam D'Angelo, posted on 20 May 2014 / 8,760 Views
Kinect Sports Rivals sales have fallen short of expectations according to a report on Eurogamer. Due to the poor performance developer Rare has been hit with layoffs. Reports say that around 16 employees have been laid off.
"At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences,” a Microsoft statement said. "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."
Last week Phil Spencer said that Microsoft and Rare were working together to see what project Rare will be working on next. It was also around this time that Micorosoft announced they will be releasing an Xbox One SKU without a Kinect. Rare has focused on Kinect titles the last few years and this change might shift what it will develop in the future.