Harmonix has been sold. In a blog post on the official Rock Band blog the team behind Rock Band and Dance Central have announced they are returning to their roots as an independent and privately owned studio. Harmonix will continue to bring gamers scheduled Rock Band DLC and game support.
As a privately owned company they are working on new unannounced projects but no details have been released at this time.
The Harmonix team went on to say Viacom and MTV have been an "amazing home" for them during the past four years. While with Viacom, Harmonix had the opportunity to work with AC/DC, The Who and of course, The Beatles.
Early last month Viacom announced they were selling Harmonix. Then this week several founding members of Harmonix announced they were filing suit against Viacom. The suit stated that Viacom "decided to forego the opportunity to reduce EA’s distribution fees during 2008, and instead demanded benefits for itself in exchange for allowing EA to continue distributing Rock Band." Viacom responded to the lawsuit saying, "Viacom fulfilled its contractual obligations and our actions were completely appropriate and consistent with the terms of our agreement with Harmonix shareholders and the interests of our shareholders." It sounds as though the situation was on the brink of getting ugly. Maybe now that Harmonix has been sold everyone can get along, right?
Are you happy with Harmonix becoming an Independent developer?