Rock Band developer Harmonix will “create musical journeys and gameplay for Fortnite” after being acquired by Epic Games. The studio, which first made a name for itself with the Sony published PlayStation 2 rhythm games Frequency and Amplitude, became something of a titan in the industry during the PS3 era, owing to the plastic instruments craze.
But with many of the aforementioned peripherals now in dump sites, the developer has failed to really find commercial success, with its recent DJ title Fuser gaining plaudits without ever really resonating with a wide-spread audience.
“Over the last 26 years we have pushed ourselves to redefine how people experience and interact with music,” the studio said in a statement. “Now, we'll be working with Epic to once again challenge expectations as we bring our unique brand of musical gaming experiences to the Metaverse, and we couldn't be more excited.”
Support for Fuser and Rock Band Rivals will continue, although there are no plans for new plastic instruments at this moment in time. Fortnite has hosted a number of virtual concerts over the past couple of years, so it’s safe to assume Harmonix will have a hand in those moving forwards.