Harmonix, best known for their work on the Rock Band franchise, has announced that they’re becoming a part of the Epic Games family. They’ve spent nearly the past decade as an independent developer.
While they’ve been developing a handful of games as an indie, they are best known for 2015’s Rock Band 4.
According to a press release, Harmonix will “bring their unique brand of musical gaming experiences to the Metaverse.” Presumably, they’re talking about Fortnite. This is backed up by a section in a brief Q&A rundown.
Our team will work with Epic to create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite. While we’re not ready to share any specifics, the whole team is incredibly excited to get started. Stay tuned!Source: Harmonix
Earlier this year, Epic announced that it completed a $1 billion round of funding to “support [their] vision for Epic and the Metaverse.” While financial details were not disclosed, I imagine this was part of their investment and growth strategy.
The full Q&A from Harmonix’s acquisition news is available below.
What does this mean for Rock Band DLC?
Nothing. We’ll be continuing on with our existing DLC plans… and there are lots of great tracks coming as we wrap up 2021 and push into next year!
Will you keep doing Rivals Seasons?
Yup! We’ve got a fun Season 25 already planned and plenty of ideas for Season 26 and beyond.
What about FUSER events?
No change there either!
Does this mean more Rock Band instruments will be made?
This is not in our current plans.
Will FUSER and your other games still be available on Steam?
Yes, all our games will remain available on Steam and console.
What about the servers for [INSERT HARMONIX GAME HERE]? Will those be taken offline?
We aren’t planning to change the way we support any of our older games.
What will the Harmonix team work on next?
Our team will work with Epic to create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite. While we’re not ready to share any specifics, the whole team is incredibly excited to get started. Stay tuned!