Rare Facing Layoffs Amidst Restructing

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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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    February 17, 2009 12:59 PM

    It's a shame Nuts & Bolts didn't sell better. On my list of favorite games from last year.

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      February 17, 2009 3:15 PM

      Does it get better from the demo? I remember there was one section where you had to stop these critters from taking someone's eyes. The controls were so frustrating, I must have been doing something wrong because I could not beat that area.

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        February 17, 2009 4:35 PM

        I didn't play the demo, so am not sure what it covered. The real fun of the game is building your own vehicles: cars, trucks, boats, planes, helicopters, and whatever combination of these you can come up with, and finding creative ways to beat the game. The challenges get a little repetitive, and once the game is done it's done, but for a couple of weeks back there I played nothing but it.

        Definitely worth a rental just to see if you like it.