Epic Games has continued its drive to global domination of the video game space with an acquisition of rhythm game powerhouse, Harmonix. The developer previously created Guitar Hero, Rockband, the underappreciated DJ board game DropMix, and most recently its digital incarnation, Fuser, and was a major player in the video game space for a number of years. Now though, it'll reside under Epic's evergrowing umbrella and will become part of the company's increasingly music-focused aspect of Fortnite.
Harmonix has promised, however, that ongoing support for Rock Band 4 and Fuser will continue into the future. That means that DLC will continue through 2021 and into 2022. Rivals Season 25 and 26 are still planned to go ahead too, though beyond that it's not clear.
"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," Harmonix chairman, Alex Rigopulos said in a statement. "Together we will push the creative boundaries of what’s possible and invent new ways for our players to make, perform and share music."
Epic chose to focus more on talking about the way Harmonix can enhance the Fortnite experience. The plan is for it to bring its unique blend of hardware, software, and rhythm expertise to enhance the way that Fortnite players enjoy music in the game and its virtual concerts.
"Music is already bringing millions of people together in Fortnite, from our emotes to global concerts and events," it said. "Together with the Harmonix team, we will transform how players experience music, going from passive listeners to active participants."
What would you like to see Harmonix bring to Fortnite?