Epic Games buys Rock Band studio Harmonix to work on Fortnite metaverse

Fortnite and Unreal Engine designer Legendary Games has actually obtained Harmonix, the studio behind the Rock Band and Dance Central series and in 2015’s Fuser, the business revealed in a joint declaration on Tuesday. Harmonix states it will work with Legendary “to create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite,” however states it won’t be deserting its other music video game tasks.

Harmonix stated in an FAQ that it will continue with its existing downloadable material prepare for Rock Band 4 with “lots of great tracks coming as we wrap up 2021 and push into next year,” and will continue Competitors multiplayer seasons for its marquee music video game. Fuser occasions will likewise continue for the foreseeable future, Harmonix stated, and the transfer to Legendary is not anticipated to affect the accessibility of its video games on Steam and console.

The Rock Band studio states it will “be working with Epic to once again challenge expectations as we bring our unique brand of musical gaming experiences to the Metaverse.” Harmonix would appear to be an excellent suitable for Legendary’s metaverse aspirations, as Fortnite has actually formerly played host to musical occasions and virtual performances including Ariana Grande, Travis Scott, and Marshmello.

Legendary took a more worldwide technique to its in-Fortnite musical experiences previously this fall, with the launch of its Soundwave Series. That series of musical occasions included artists from worldwide, with each program occurring in its own interactive in-game experience, and highlighted Egyptian artist Mohamed Hamaki, Australian singer-songwriter Tones And I, Brazilian rap artist Emicida, Japanese pop artist Gen Hoshino, and French-Malian vocalist Aya Nakamura.

It’s been a hectic year of acquisitions for Legendary Games, which has actually purchased out middleware designer RAD Video game Tools, Fall Men studio Mediatonic, digital art markets ArtStation and Sketchfab, and a shopping center in 2021.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.