With the late release of Kinect Sports Rivals for the Xbox One, the first really big Kinect title for the new console already had some things not going so well with the title right from release day. The Rare developed title would have likely been a great pack-in title with the original Xbox One with Kinect bundle with the console came out. With its recent release, it was too little too late and Rare looks to have to pay the price for the relative failure of Kinect Sports Rivals with layoffs.
Word is that Rare had to let a number of staff go. Rare says the layoffs were in response to a decision to change the development process and methodology going forward. Sources says that 10% of the staff at Rare, including project managers, software developers and design staffers were among those that received pinks slips.
Rare needs to get its mojo back and develop something that people want to play. While Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer says that Rare was never forced to work on the Kinect titles that it has been developing as of late, it does seem that it is all they have done over the past couple of years, While gamers are crying out for another Perfect Dark or Banjo Kazooie game, Rare has kept turning out Kinect titles that everyone seems to agree are among the best Kinect titles available for the console, but titles that are irreverent to gamers who seem to have little or no interest in the Kinect.