Epic recovers Harmonix, creator of the rock group
Fortnite Manufacturer Epic Games has announced its latest acquisition: Harmonix, the studio behind iconic music games like Guitar Hero and Rock band.
In a blog post, Harmonix stated that support for existing games like Rock band and Fuser unit would continue. The studio also explained their expansion plans in – what else? – the metaverse. “Now we’re going to be working with Epic to once again challenge expectations as we bring our unique brand of musical playing experiences to the metaverse, and we couldn’t be more excited,” the blog read. In this context, Epic says that the studio “will develop musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite.“
Music has become a growing priority for Epic, following the great success of virtual concerts inside Fortnite by Travis Scott and Ariana Grande. And according to the company, picking up Harmonix fits with that musical goal. “Music already brings together millions of people in Fortnite, from our emoticons to concerts and global events, ”said Alain Tascan, Epic’s vice president of game development, in a statement. “Together with the Harmonix team, we will transform the way players experience music, from passive listeners to active participants. “
Epic has made a number of premier game development acquisitions over the past few years, including Rocket league studio Psyonix and Mediatonic, the team behind fall guys.