Harmonix confirms 'small number' of layoffs

Rock Band studio also reportedly hires BioShock 2 lead designer

Harmonix has laid off what it terms "a small number" of employees.


Polygon, which heard from sources that the cuts affected about ten employees, received the following statement from a spokesperson for the Rock Band studio:

"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."

Last June, Harmonix confirmed that it's working on "three or more" original IPs, including music games. Expected to release on next-gen systems, the titles are thought to feature real-time combat experiences and motion control elements.

It was also revealed today that BioShock 2 lead designer Zak McClendon has updated his LinkedIn profile to list himself as the design director at Harmonix.