“Fortnite” maker Epic Games said Tuesday it is acquiring Tonic Games Group, maker of the hit videogame “Fall Guys,” putting two of the most popular videogame titles under one roof.
Prices were not disclosed. In a statement, Epic told “Fall Guys” fans that “your gameplay hasn’t changed and Epic will continue to invest in making the game a great experience for players across platforms”.
“Fall Guys” was released last summer and was an immediate hit, driven in part by people trapped indoors because of coronavirus restrictions. The game is similar to the “Fortnite” battle royales, where the game starts with dozens of players and ends with one winner.
“It’s our big win for ‘Fall Guys,'” said Tonic in a blog post. “Joining Epic will accelerate our plans to improve the game and bring ‘Fall Guys’ to as many players as possible, while continuing to support the community.”
According to Epic, “Fall Guys” will still be playable on PC and Sony
PlayStation console, and soon expanded to Microsoft
Xbox and Nintendo
Change console, and it can still be downloaded on Steam. The game will still cost $ 19.99 and there are no plans to launch a free-to-play version, Tonic said.
This step is done in the middle of a wave from consolidation in the videogame industry, because gaming companies are looking for a wider audience. “It’s no secret that Epic is investing in building the metaverse and the Tonic Games share this goal,” Epic founder and Chief Executive Tim Sweeney said in a statement. “As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who knows how to create great games, content and experiences.”
Privately owned Epic is one of the largest video game companies in the world, thanks to the immense popularity of “Fortnite”. Currently suing Apple Inc.
and the Alphabet
Google for antitrust, claims the tech giant is illegally controlling apps and in-app purchases.