Terms of the deal were not disclosed; move promises to put additional resources behind London-based game studio’s highly successful massively multiplayer online game.
Epic Games has just announced they’ve acquired Mediatonic, the developer behind the highly successful massively multiplayer online game Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a company blog post, Epic stated, “We are thrilled to announce that Tonic Games Group is joining the Epic Games family. Tonic Games is the development company behind the hit sensation, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.” London-based Mediatonic, founded in 2005, became part of the Tonic Games Group last summer.
In a Mediatonic post, the company stated, “This is a huge win for Fall Guys. Since Fall Guys broke out in August, we’ve put everything we have into the game, and the Fall Guys team has already grown massively from 35 to 150+. Yet, there is so much more we want to build for our players. With our publisher Devolver Digital supporting and championing us along the way with Fall Guys, Foul Play and Hatoful Boyfriend, we've been able to bring some truly unique experiences to players as an independent studio.”
Tim Sweeney, Epic Games Founder and CEO, commented, “It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal. As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences.”
According to Dave Bailey, Tonic Games Co-Founder and CEO, “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. 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.”
“Beyond the shared vision among our teams, we see tremendous potential in combining forces with Epic,” said Paul Croft, Tonic Games Group, Co-Founder and Chief Games Officer. “Whether it’s about making our own games the best they can be or empowering other game developers to take their content from a kernel of an idea to commercial success, we know that together we will be able to reach greater heights.”
Epic’s official statement also noted, “For Fall Guys fans, your gameplay isn’t changing and Epic will continue to invest in making the game a great experience for players across platforms. Your favorite colorful beans will still stumble through the chaos on PC, PlayStation, and soon Nintendo Switch and Xbox. Check out this blog post for answers to all your Fall Guys questions.”
Source: Epic Games
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