I’m afraid I have some sad news to report today. Insufficient sales of Rare’s latest title, Kinect Sports Rivals for Xbox One, has resulted in layoffs at the studio. According to Computer And Video Games, around twenty employees were laid off, including two long time Rare veterans, Chris Sutherland and Gavin Price. Following the layoffs, Microsoft intends to “change the development process and methodology at Rare to best support their future projects”. I’m not sure what that means exactly, but I can only assume ‘Kinect-only’ titles will no longer be in their future lineup of games.
I truly hope that everyone affected by the layoffs has success in finding a new job. I wish them all the best of luck and extend my gratitude for all of their hardwork over the years.