Epic Games announced on the 23rd that it had acquired Harmonix.
‘Harmonics’ is an indie development studio that developed franchises for rhythm games such as Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Dance Central. In addition, it has a history of developing NCsoft’s ‘Fuser’ along with VR games, and is a studio with a long history of 26 years. With this joining of the Epic family, Harmonix is in a position to continue taking on new challenges with Epic while introducing a unique brand of musical game experience to the metaverse.
Regarding the acquisition, Harmonix said that there will be no change in existing rock band DLC or rival seasons, as well as Fuser’s events and Steam support. Harmonix says it will create and support the musical elements and gameplay for Fortnite, but will not change the way they support the previous game.
“By joining Epic, we will be able to create and realize the world’s most beloved interactive music experience,” said Alex Rigopulos, chairman and co-founder of Harmonix. “We push creative boundaries. We will create new ways for players to create, play and share music.”
Alain Tascan, vice president of game development at Epic Games, said: “Together with the Harmonics team, we will transform the way players experience music as they transition from passive to active players.”