Fortnite Dev Epic Is Buying Rock Band Studio Harmonix – Report

Fortnite developer Epic Games is buying Guitar Hero and Rock Band developer Harmonix. Epic and Harmonix confirmed the news after VentureBeat broke the story. It is just the latest big buyout from Epic, which previously acquired Rocket League developer Psyonix and Fall Guys studio Mediatonic.

Founded in 1995, Harmonix is best known for creating the Guitar Hero universe. It developed the first two games in the series before Activision took control. Harmonix then created Rock Band, again to great commercial and critical success. The company is also known for its Dance Central games that used the Xbox 360’s Kinect camera. The company’s latest release was Fuser, a rhythm game that launched in 2020 through a partnership with NCSoft.

Epic Games is trying to create a metaverse, and acquiring popular franchises like Rocket League, Fall Guys, and now Rock Band appear to be part of that effort, in addition to the company’s more tech-focused acquisitions.

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has a controlling interest in the company, which is partially owned by Chinese internet giant Tencent. Epic also created the Gears of War franchise before selling it to Microsoft in 2014.

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