After Psyonix (Rocket League) et Mediatonic (Fall Guys), Epic Games has a new team of high reputation. Harmonix Music Systems has been driving the music video game industry for more than 26 years, notably having been at the forefront of the wave of musical instrument games during the glorious years of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. A true survivor in an unstable market, especially since it has spent the majority of its existence as an independent and resourceful studio, Harmonix is also known for games like Dance Central, Amplitude and more recently Fuser.
By joining Epic Games, Harmonix will initially put its experience at the service of Fortnite to work on musical adventures. It is therefore difficult to say if the studio will have the opportunity to make other original musical games in the future, but the release insists that its current games will not be affected by this acquisition. The DLCs of Rock Band 4 ? They will continue as planned this year and next year. Ditto for the events of Fuser, which by the way will remain available on Steam and everywhere else, just like the other games of the studio. On the other hand, it is not planned to use the pennies of dad Tim to produce new instruments for Rock Band, but it was worth asking.
“Music already brings millions of people together in Fortnite, from our emotes to concerts and global events. Together with the Harmonix team, we will transform the way players experience music, from passive listeners to active participants“, comment Alain Tascan, vice president of development at Epic Games.
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