Report: Rare drops 12 artists and engineers

Thursday, 19th February 2009 12:30 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Rare has reportedly laid off around 12 artists and engineers, following confirmation this week that the studio was to be restructured.

The company is also reducing the number of project leads, according to this GI report, asking employees to reapply for positions elsewhere within the company.

Rare studio manager Mark Betteridge said on Tuesday that structural alterations were necessary at the studio to “speed development and better manage the scale required to create high quality games”.



  1. Psychotext

    Good luck peoples. :(

    I wonder how many people are there total. I know it’s supposed to be a pretty big team.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    RARE certainly do need some ‘speeding up’, but I don’t really see how cutting jobs can help that. :-|

    /salutes the fallen

    #2 6 years ago
  3. LeD

    That doesn’t sound too bad a cull. Hopefully it’ll be the artists that insisted on making everything stupidly cute and fluffy, and we can have something more up-to-date.

    #3 6 years ago

    Yeah, we need games made without any artists involved!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. El_MUERkO

    in my mind rare are a spent force, whatever drove them to make excellent games back in the day seems long gone, the george lucas of gaming

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Rock_Me_Amadeus

    12 artists, 12 engineers innit “Around 12 positions have gone in both departments”

    #6 6 years ago
  7. No_PUDding

    LeD, I don’t think this is a bad thing becuase of how big or small the cuts are.

    Cuts are cuts, and it sucks for those individuals.

    I doubt the company will be effected very much at all, but people need jobs.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. jeremycafe

    I wonder if all those idiots who said the video game industry is recession proof have finally come to their senses o.O

    Still hoping things work out for Midway’s studios, have a couple of buddies that have no idea what is going to happen to their jobs. Not a fan of any games midway produces, but still hate to see people lose their jobs.

    #8 6 years ago

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