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LostWinds and Kinectimals developer Frontier lays off 14 staff members

UK-based developer Frontier Developments, the team behind the LostWinds platforming games, Kinectimals and Kinect Disneyland, is the latest video game company to cut back its staff due to redundancies, reports Eurogamer.

The developer let go 14 of its 233 staff members across its animation, art and audio departments after deciding a number of the positions were redundant. Staff members were alerted they were being let go on Friday, Dec 14 around 6 p.m.

Managing director David Walsh told Eurogamer the layoffs are due to "the changing mix of skills requirements for our current and future projects."

"Once we took the decision to make the roles redundant, we felt it was better that the affected people knew ASAP so they can plan any further expenditure over the Christmas period accordingly and focus on their search for new roles as soon as possible," said Walsh. "We have provided redundancy arrangements in excess of the minimum."

Walsh added that Frontier is still hiring in other department for work on current projects. These include space trading game Elite: Dangerous, which is currently campaigning through Kickstarter and sitting at 60 percent of its funding goal with 18 days remaining.