Filed in Joystiq is reporting that a Harmonix spokesperson confirmed to the gaming blog that on the afternoon of February 7, the company has laid off an undisclosed number of full-time employees. This was done by the developer to “bring the studio into alignment with our current product development plans.” Roughly 12-15 percent of the 240 employees at Harmonix have been laid off.
In the official statement by the developer, they announced:
“Harmonix is restructuring our organization to bring it into alignment with our current product development plans. Unfortunately, this means reducing the number of full-time staff. 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.”
Harmonix is currently working on a Nintendo 3DS version of Rock Band, and have promised that future projects and downloadable content for both Rock Band 3 and Dance Central are unaffected by the cuts. They are also embroiled in a lawsuit with Viacom, Inc. (Public, NYSE:VIA.B) .
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