Harmonix, a music and rhythm game developer, has been acquired by Epic Games, according to both companies’ announcements.
“The Harmonix team will collaborate closely with Epic to develop musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite while continuing to support existing titles including Rock Band 4.” Epic Games said on its website about the company’s future.
Harmonix also has a short blog post on its site, followed by a short Q&A that answers the obvious questions about its active support for Rock Band and its most recent release, FUSER. Harmonix’s statement on joining the Epic family is as follows:
“Over the last 26 years we have pushed ourselves to redefine how people experience and interact with music. From the earliest days of The Axe to Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Central, our VR titles, FUSER, and everything in between, we have aspired to redefine what a music game can be. Now, we’ll be working with Epic to once again challenge expectations as we bring our unique brand of musical gaming experiences to the Metaverse, and we couldn’t be more excited.”For the time being, the company will keep its upcoming seasons and events for its games in the pipeline and will not be discontinuing support. Other than that, there are few details other than the fact that Harmonix games like Rock Bank will continue to be supported, though expect the developer to use its musical talents in Fortnite at some point in the future.
Epic has been dabbling in interactive concerts and musical performances in recent years, and with a team like Harmonix under its wing, that trend will undoubtedly continue and expand. Harmonix would be the team to beat if anyone could top what Epic has done with experiences like last summer’s Ariana Grande performance.