After the initial and collective 'finally!' following Microsoft's Kinect-free Xbox One announcement a few people wondered what might happen to Rare with the camera sidelined. Job losses seem to be the answer.
Eurogamer are reporting multiple lay offs with up to 16 people let go. It's worth noting that job cuts following the completion of a project aren't that unusual but with Rare's Kinect focus since 2010's Kinect Sports it seems the studio's ties to the camera might affect it most. The delays and poor sales for Kinect Sports Rivals obviously didn't help. The report says the studio made a loss on Rivals and most of the job cuts from the 150 strong team have been in design and project management.
Microsoft issued this statement regarding the news:
"At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences. As part of Rare's commitment to this goal, we have made a decision to change our development process and methodology at Rare to best support our future projects, this has led to us reviewing the skills and the makeup of our development teams in our business."
Best of luck to those affected.