Harmonix Goes It Alone
Following reports last month that Viacom was looking to offload Rock Band developer Harmonix, today Harmonix’ PR guy John Drake posted a note on the Rock Band forums announcing the news: instead of being sold to another big publisher like EA or Sony, the Harmonix team has bought the company themselves.
Harmonix is now officially an independent, privately-owned studio. An investment company named Columbus Nova provided much of the capitol that Harmonix needed to buy the company from Viacom. As a result, there is now a new company called “Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC.”
What does all this mean for you? If you’re a Rock Band or Dance Central player, fear not. There’s still plenty of DLC on the way for both games, and all past titles will continue to be supported by Harmonix. Drake also noted in his post that, “we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you’re going to be pumped about.” Thus, any and all future titles will be published under Harmonix’ own umbrella company.
The one thing fans are left to ponder: without the connections and resources of Viacom and MTV Games, will Rock Band still be able to attract so many big-name bands?