Rare Facing Layoffs Amidst Restructing

By Chris Faylor, Feb 17, 2009 12:46pm PST Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata series developer Rare, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, has warned that it may soon eliminate "a small number of current positions."

"As the entire industry struggles to address the increasing scale and cost of development, we too have felt a need to restructure our current approach so we can speed development and better manage the scale required to create high quality games," studio manager Mark Betteridge said in a statement acquired by Gamasutra.

"With four projects recently underway, now is the right time to make this change."

Microsoft has previously said that it plans to cut up to 5,000 positions across its global workforce by the middle of 2010, recently closing Flight Simulator series developer ACES and loosing former Games for Windows Live manager Chris Early.

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