Epic Games announced that it has acquired the rhythm game maker Harmonix, best known for titles like Rock Band and Dance Central.
In a press release, Epic announced that it had engaged Harmonix to “rethink the way music is experienced, created and distributed” as it continued to build the Metaverse. Harmonix will help develop “Musical Travel and Gameplay for Fortnite” as it continues to work on Rock Band 4.
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Harmonix offered more insight into its future in its cCommunity blog. The studio announced that it will continue its existing DLC plans and release more tracks over the next year. Rock band Rivals Seasons will also continue plans for seasons 25 and 26.
The studio confirmed that it will next partner with Epic to create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite. Unfortunately, Harmonix also says it has no plans to resume production of any other rock band instruments. So expect that these are still rare items in the used market.
Harmonix is the latest in a series of acquisitions for Epic Games. In addition to technology-oriented companies, Epic acquired the Rocket League studio Psyonix and the Fall Guys developer Mediatonic.
The latest rhythm game from Harmonix is Fuser, a music festival game where players can create a custom DJ set to play in front of a virtual crowd. IGN reviewed and awarded Fuser a 7 and praised its core campaign but offered little beyond that.
Matt TM Kim is the news editor for IGN. You can reach him @lawoffd.