Microsoft has confirmed that is has made a round of layoffs at Microsoft Studios. The company has not specified how many employees are affected, however former Microsoft Studios artist Patrick Loughman and technical producer Elbert Perez have announced via their Twitter accounts that they have been let go.
“At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences,” a Microsoft spokesperon told CVG. “As part of our commitment to this goal, we are always evaluating our development priorities, and there are times when decisions need to be made to realign plans and refocus our efforts.”
“Microsoft Studios continues to grow as an overall organization as we focus and invest in key priority areas that will drive future profitable growth.”
Earlier this week, Microsoft executive Phil Spencer was promoted to head of the company’s Xbox division.
“Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself,” Spencer said, in part. “It’s been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry.”