Rock Band and Fuser Creator Harmonix Acquired by Epic Games

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Harmonix, the esteemed music-focused developer behind such business hits as Rock Band and Fuser—and even the unique creators of Guitar Hero earlier than the IP was acquired by Activision—has been acquired by Epic Games. This places monumental sources into one of the crucial artistic studios within the video games business, with an effort to proceed evolving and pushing ahead the thought of what a music game will be. For followers of present Harmonix video games, this doesn’t imply any modifications are coming. Fuser and Rock Band Rivals will nonetheless be supported, although builders at Harmonix can even “work with Epic to create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite.”

“We have aspired to redefine what a music game can be,” Harmonix mentioned. “Now, we’ll be working with Epic to once again challenge expectations as we bring our unique brand of musical gaming experiences to the Metaverse, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

Rock Band DLC will proceed to launch for the foreseeable future (a minimum of into 2022), Rock Band Rivals has Season 25 already deliberate and concepts brewing for Season 26 and past, and there received’t be any change to the cadence of deliberate Fuser DLC and occasions. Additionally there are not any plans to alter something about servers or game availability of any of Harmonix’s at the moment operating titles. Unfortunately, in the event you had been hoping for a revival of the plastic instrument craze, it’s “not in [their] current plans” to fabricate extra Rock Band devices, although if anybody can in the future revive the period of plastic instrument jam bands, it’s Harmonix and Epic.

What the staff is engaged on subsequent is working with Epic particularly to “create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite.” They aren’t going into the specifics on these plans simply but, however given the pedigree of Harmonix’s previous interactive music experiences, we are able to anticipate the studio to carry a brand new interactive musical aptitude to Epic’s metaverse in ways in which no different developer can. Adding to the enormous concerts and musical events Fortnite has already finished, we are able to solely think about what taste Harmonix would possibly carry to the desk.

[Source: Harmonix]