Epic Games has taken seriously its idea of creating a metaverse in which Fortnite plays a central role and, clearly, music cannot be missing in it. That’s why the studio announced the purchase of Harmonix, a company that has gained worldwide fame for developing franchises such as Guitar Hero, Rock Band and Dance Central.

Details regarding what the acquisition of Harmonix entails are scarce. In its official statement, the company simply mentions that they will be in charge of creating “musical journeys” in Fortnite, but without revealing much more than that. On the other hand, the developers did ratify continued support for their existing games; including plans for new DLC for Rock Band.

“Music is already bringing millions of people together in Fortnite, from our emotes, to concerts and global events. Together with the team at Harmonix, we will transform the way players experience music, going from passive listeners to active participants,” said Alain Tascan, vice president of game development at Epic Games.

Music into Fortnite

For now, it is unknown when Fortnite’s integration with new playable elements related to the world of music will debut. In any case, it is likely that the fruits of the Harmonix acquisition will only begin to be seen starting next year.

Epic Games’ bet on music in Fortnite is not necessarily something new. In recent years the company has made tremendously massive virtual concerts, and with artists such as Travis Scott, Ariana Grande and Marshmello, among others. However, with Harmonix, the studio is looking to take its musical capabilities to a new level.

Fortnite metaverse

Recently Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic Games, referred to Fortnite as their main avenue to exploit in the construction of the metaverse. He even mentioned that they intend to turn the battle royale from a “game” into an “experience.” Music may have a lot to do with that initiative.

Alex Rigopulos, co-founder of Harmonix, assured that this new process will allow us to think of new ways for players to “create, perform and share music”.

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