Epic Games acquires Rock Band maker Harmonix

The Harmonix team will help create "musical journeys" for Fortnite.

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Epic Games is acquiring Harmonix, the studio behind game franchises like Rock Band and Dance Central, as part of its push into the metaverse, the companies said on Tuesday. Harmonix will continue to support its existing games but also help create "musical journeys and gameplay" for Fortnite, Epic's popular battle royale game

"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, in a blog post. "Together with the Harmonix team we will transform how players experience music, going from passive listeners to active participants."

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. 

Fortnite is no stranger to music experiences. The game has hosted several virtual concerts featuring popular artists like Ariana Grande and Steve Aoki. In addition to music, the concerts generally allow people to interact with the world in some unique way. In October, Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki kicked off a new Soundwave Series of concerts in Fortnite, with musical artists across the globe.

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