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Epic Games today announced its acquisition of American video game developer Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. The name should ring a bell for fans of music games, as this is the studio responsible for Dance Central, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and other popular franchises. Harmonix’s most recent project was Fuser, a rhythm game that was developed using Unreal Engine 4.

From Epic Games’ announcement:

Harmonix has a track record of creating fun and engaging music experiences designed for everyone to enjoy. As we work to build the metaverse, this expertise is needed to reimagine how music is experienced, created and distributed.

The Harmonix team will collaborate closely with Epic to develop musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite while continuing to support existing titles including Rock Band 4.

“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, Co-Founder and Chairman at Harmonix. “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 Alain Tascan, Vice President of Game Development at Epic Games. “Together with the Harmonix team we will transform how players experience music, going from passive listeners to active participants.”

Sources: Epic Games, Harmonix

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  1. New Rock Band????? I’d sorta be interested but not into re-buying plastic instruments again. But man those were good times.
  2. Not gonna lie if there were a new rock band or guitar hero with ALL of the licensed tracks from before as some mega package that came with a couple guitars. I’d dop like 300 on it willingly.

    My issue is I have such fond memories and want to experience those songs again but in the search for new content there is so much crap in the last rock band I don’t want thst again.

  3. There was a time when Harmonix was super relevant in the marketplace.

    That was 10-15 years ago now, when Guitar Hero was a huge success, and people were throwing Guitar Hero parties in the mid to late 2000’s.

    It seems kind of like a has been studio these days.

    I feel like the company started to slowly lose what made it special when Viacom bought it in 2006, and has been a has-been developer for at least 10 years.

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