Epic Games Acquires Rock Band Developer Harmonix


Epic Games has announced that it has acquired rhythm game maker Harmonix, best known for titles like Rock Band and Dance Central.

In a press release, Epic announced that as it continues work on building the metaverse, it has enlisted Harmonix to “reimagine how music is experienced, created, and distributed.” Harmonix will help develop “musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite,” while still working on Rock Band 4.

Harmonix offered more insight into its future in its community blog. The studio announced that it will continue its existing DLC plans and plans to release more tracks next year. Rock Band Rivals Seasons will also continue with plans for both Season 25 and 26.

The studio reiterated that it will next be working with Epic on creating musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite. Sadly, Harmonix also says it does not plan to resume production on more Rock Band instruments, so expect them to still be rare commodities on the second-hand market.

Harmonix is the latest in a string of acquisitions for Epic Games. Alongside tech-focused ventures, Epic acquired Rocket League studio Psyonix and Fall Guys developer Mediatonic.

The most recent 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 Fuser and awarded it a 7 praising its core campaign but offered little outside of it.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.

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