Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, is all set to acquire the Tonic Games group, the companies announced on Tuesday. Tonic games group is the parent company that owns Irregular Corporation, Fortitude Games, and Fall Guys developer, Mediatonic.
Our Crown Rank just went WAY up. Tonic Games Group, the makers of @FallGuysGame are joining the Epic Games Family! Together with @mediatonic we will continue to invest in Fall Guys… and the metaverse. https://t.co/hsqNttcvh1— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) March 2, 2021
“With Epic, we feel like we have found a home that was made for us,” Tonic co-founder and CEO Dave Bailey said in the release. “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.”
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout was released last August as an exclusive for PS4 and PC and has proved to be a smash-hit among the audience. The vibrant title is made for up to 60 people who can compete in battle royale-type matches. Other titles developed under the company include Murder by Numbers, Gears of War/Funko spinoff Gears Pop, and Yahtzee with Buddies.
“It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal,” Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said in a release tied to the news. “As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content, and experiences.”
This deal is one of Epic’s noteworthy acquisitions following its 2019 purchases of social video app Houseparty and Rocket League developer Psyonix.
According to a blog post, Fall Guys will remain available on Steam for now and the game may also be available on Xbox and Nintendo Switch soon. However, there are still no plans for making the game free-to-play just as it did with Rocket League.