Epic Games has announced the acquisition of rhythm game maker Harmonix, best known for titles like Rock Band and Dance Central.
In a press release, Epic announced that as it continues its work on building the Metaverse, it has asked Harmonix to “reimagine the way music is experienced, created and distributed.” Harmonix will help develop “musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite” while working on Rock Band 4.
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Harmonix offered more insight into his future in his ccommunity blog. The studio has announced that it will continue with its existing DLC plans and plan to release more tracks next year. Rock Band Rivals Seasons will also continue with plans for Seasons 25 and 26.
The studio reiterated that it will then work with Epic on creating musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite. Sadly, Harmonix has also stated that it has no plans to resume production of other Rock Band instruments, so expect them to remain a rare commodity in the second-hand market.
Harmonix is the latest in a series of acquisitions for Epic Games. Along with tech-focused companies, Epic acquired Rocket League studio Psyonix and Fall Guys developer Mediatonic.
Harmonix’s newest rhythm game is Fuser, a music festival game where players can create a custom DJ set to perform in front of a virtual crowd. IGN rated Fuser and gave him a 7 praising his main campaign, but didn’t offer much outside of it.
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