Epic Games has acquired game developer Harmonix, the creator of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Central, and Fuser. This is another step in Epic Games’ quest to build a (heavy sigh) “metaverse.” Harmonix and Epic Games will collaborate to “develop musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite while continuing to support existing titles including Rock Band 4.” Incidentally, Fuser is Harmonix’s most recent release, yet Epic doesn’t even mention the game in its press release. Ice cold, dudes.
However, Harmonix does reference the game in its own separate announcement, where it says Fuser events will continue. Rock Band DLC will likewise continue. Additionally, all of the developer’s games will remain available on their current console and PC platforms, including Steam. Harmonix is not planning to change its plans for how it supports any of its current titles.
Harmonix uses the same language as Epic Games in saying that creating “musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite” will be an emphasis moving forward. That may mildly horrify the developer’s fans who don’t care about Fortnite, especially the people who cringe at the word “metaverse.”
“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,” said Alex Rigopulos, Harmonix co-founder and chairman. “Together we will push the creative boundaries of what’s possible and invent new ways for our players to make, perform and share music.”
“Music is already bringing millions of people together in Fortnite, from our emotes to global concerts and events,” said Epic Games Vice President of Game Development Alain Tascan. “Together with the Harmonix team we will transform how players experience music, going from passive listeners to active participants.”