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Fortnite developer Epic Games has purchased Tonic Games Group, the parent company of Fall Guys developer Mediatonic.
“It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal,” Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said in a statement announcing the purchase. “As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences.”
The companies did not disclose terms of the deal.
Released in August of 2020 and nominated for best indie and best multiplayer (among other noms) at The Game Awards in November, platformer battle royale Fall Guys typically attracts over 18 million monthly users and is a massive competitor to Fortnite, which topped 350 million registered users last year and frequently crosses over with Hollywood through short-film, in-game movie screenings and trailer debuts.
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Mediatonic shared in its announcement that the Fall Guys development team has grown from 35 to 150 people. “Yet, there is so much more we want to build for our players,” the company said.
Epic noted in itsthat Fall Guys players should not expect their gameplay experience to change following the acquisition. “Epic will continue to invest in making the game a great experience for players across platforms,” the company said. Amid the acquisition, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout — currently in its third season and teasing a futuristic theme for the next update — will remain purchasable on Steam and PlayStation for those who purchased the game on those platforms.
“At Tonic Games Group we often say that ‘everyone deserves a game that feels like it was made for them.’ With Epic, we feel like we have found a home that was made for us,” Tonic Games Group co-founder and CEO Dave Bailey said in a statement. “They share our mission to build and support games that have a positive impact, empower others and stand the test of time and we couldn’t be more excited to be joining forces with their team.”
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Mediatonic noted in its blog post that there are plans for Fall Guys to become available on Nintendo Switch and Xbox. There was no indication whether Fall Guys, currently a paid game, will move to a free-to-play model.
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