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Harmonix lays off staff

Rock Band dev cuts 12-15% of workforce.

Troubled Rock Band developer Harmonix has made between 12 and 15 per cent of its workforce redundant this week, the studio has confirmed.

Following last month's $50 management buy-out from previous owners Viacom, studio bosses have been forced to move the furniture around and hand out some P45s.

"Harmonix is restructuring our organisation to bring it into alignment with our current product development plans," a spokesperson for the developer told Joystiq.

"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."

Sources close to the studio insist that DLC plans for Rock Band and Dance Central are unaffected by the cuts.

Aside from track packs for those two games, no announcements have been made regarding what those "current product development plans" are. However, back in November, Dance Central project lead Kasson Crooker hinted that a sequel to the Kinect hit was already underway.

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