Harmonix, the developer behind the likes of Rock Band and final yr’s music mixing title Fuser, has been acquired by Epic Video games to “create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite.”
Harmonix was based in 1995 and commenced carving a rhythm-action area of interest for itself with the 2001 launch of celebrated PS2-exclusive Frequency and its much-loved sequel Amplitude. 2005 noticed the studio launch Guitar Hero, arguably its most impactful recreation to this point, which might go on to spawn a gradual succession of sequels – though the developer would quickly go away the sequence behind to broaden on Guitar Hero’s plastic instrument premise with 2007’s Rock Band.
Since then, Harmonix has continued to concentrate on music video games, releasing the likes of Dance Central, 2016’s Amplitude revival, the VR-focussed Audica and, most lately, Fuser – all of which brings us to as we speak and the announcement of the studio’s acquisition by Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer Epic Video games.
“During the last 26 years we now have pushed ourselves to redefine how folks expertise and work together with music,” Harmonix wrote in a post announcing the acquisition. “Now, we’ll be working with Epic to as soon as once more problem expectations as we deliver our distinctive model of musical gaming experiences to the Metaverse, and we could not be extra excited.”
Harmonix’s announcement concludes with a FAQ confirming it should proceed releasing DLC for Rock Band, will push forward with Season 25 of Rock Band Rivals, and can proceed its present plans for Fuser occasions. Moreover, it says it will not be altering the way in which it helps its older video games, that means the acquisition will not end in any recreation servers being taken offline or current titles being faraway from Steam and consoles.
As for the long run away from its present video games, Harmonix says will probably be be working with Epic to create “musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite”, which is able to presumably feed into the form of grandiose mega-budget advertising alternatives which have seen the likes of Ariana Grande promote themselves in Fortnite utilizing elaborate digital reveals.
Whether or not that’ll be Harmonix’s soul focus past help for its current titles stays to be seen, however the developer says to “keep tuned” for the primary fruits of its new partnership with Epic.