Renown developer of music video games, Harmonix, has been hit with a spherical of layoffs on the firm. After just lately releasing the digital board sport DropMix, the developer needed to scale back overhead by reducing down on the workers rely.
The explanation for the layoffs is that Harmonix is trying to maintain the present enterprise course consistent with the event slate, and so the studio needed to lower down on overhead by lowering head counts.
The Gamasutra article states that Harmonix has not cancelled any of its upcoming initiatives. The developer continues to be engaged on some new content material, together with extra content material for DropMix and new content material for Rock Band.
We do not know what else Harmonix has within the pipeline in the meanwhile. The corporate has, thus far, been fighting the independence that comes with stepping out from beneath the umbrella and monetary security web of a writer.
Harmonix gained quite a lot of fame and fortune through the earlier era, a decade in the past, when the corporate launched Guitar Hero for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The studio was accountable for making the music-rhythm style mainstream. The huge success of the collection finally led to quite a lot of copycats from different firms.
Finally Harmonix managed to get away from Guitar Hero and began one other profitable franchise halfway by seventh gen known as Rock Band. The sport went on to develop into one other large success, however the music-rhythm bubble finally popped as a consequence of over-saturation and Harmonix was unnoticed within the chilly after EA and Activision deserted the style.
The builders determined to make a comeback within the type of Rock Band 4 after attempting its hand with the Dance Central franchise and trying to create a franchise with Disney. The sport got here out for the Xbox One and the PlayStation four again in 2015.
The corporate additionally tried its hand at VR with Rock Band VR, nevertheless it wasn’t such an enormous smash success, given how small the market is for VR and the way little demand there’s from customers for VR software program.
A part of the issue is that Harmonix is having bother navigating a market that was burned out on music-rhythm video games, and the entire novelty of video game-based music video games with actual devices has light from view.
The shrinking market and curiosity within the music style has made it tough for the studio to remain related throughout this era. The discharge of DropMix was a option to dabble within the extremely common tabletop style, which has seen startling success with a wide range of Kickstarter initiatives. The sport was supposed to combine within the tabletop components with the CCG style, making a hybrid cross-media gaming expertise for a number of gamers.
Nevertheless, DropMix did not essentially set the market on hearth, and now Harmonix is trying to Tremendous Beat Sports activities as a option to maintain the corporate afloat. The title is due out for the Nintendo Switch. Given the recognition of Nintendo’s system it might lead to some robust gross sales, however very like the Wii, it is a lengthy shot.
Within the interim Harmonix is trying to transfer ahead following the layoffs.