Epic Games has acquired Harmonix, the company behind titles like Fuser, Drop Mix, Rock Band franchise, Dance Central franchise, and more. “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 said in the announcement.
Turn your speakers UP! @Harmonix, the makers of interactive music experiences including @RockBand, are joining the Epic Games family! Together we will explore new ways for people to enjoy music across the digital world. 🎸🥁🔊 https://t.co/YLFBtYFKKn
— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) November 23, 2021
“Music is already bringing millions of people together in Fortnite, from our emotes to global concerts and events,” said Alain Tascan, Vice President of Game Development at Epic Games. “Together with the Harmonix team, we will transform how players experience music, going from passive listeners to active participants.”
Harmonix will work closely with Epic Games to create unique experiences
In their blog post, Harmonix said they will work with Epic to “challenge expectations as we bring our unique brand of musical gaming experiences.” Alex Rigopulos, Co-Founder and Chairman at Harmonix said “Harmonix has always aspired to create the world’s most beloved interactive music experiences, and by joining Epic we will be able to do this at scale. Together we will push the creative boundaries of what’s possible and invent new ways for our players to make, perform and share music.”
Meanwhile, the company says there’ll be no change in Fuser events and no change in their plans to release Rock Band DLC. They also shared that their games will remain on Steam and consoles.