Fortnite Developer Epic Games Buys Fall Guys Game and Company
In one of the most least surprising but still somewhat shocking announcements is that Epic Games is purchasing a brand new studio to join its family. As of today, we now know about the Epic Games Fall Guys purchase that is effective immediately.
Epic Games Buys Fall Guys Developer
That’s right, Epic Games is purchasing the Tonic Games Group that is composed of the video game developer Mediatonic and all of the games that are currently owned by that studio. This is a massive move for both companies and one that makes a whole lot of sense honestly.
What this basically means is that the developer of Fortnite, Epic Games, is also now the owner of another major family friendly battle royale title: Fall Guys. Both are massive successes, both in the battle royale space and when it comes to social-friendly titles, so it feels like the perfect match.
Epic Games is not a company that just regularly purchases other studios as these acquisitions are pretty few and far between, but this one is a decision that makes a lot of sense. This is especially when compared to the most recent major purchase from Epic Games: Psyonix and Rocket League.
That purchase was one that made a lot of sense, too, though it did make some Steam users a little bit unhappy in the process. With the Epic Games Fall Guys deal, we see something that is very similar to the Rocket League situation and one that feels right for the company behind Fortnite.
What Epic Games and Tonic Games Group Have to Say
With this purchase, Tonic Games Group co-founder and CEO Dave Bailey had this to say about why it happened in the first place:
“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.”
Fellow co-founder of Tonic Games Group and the current chief games officer Paul Croft spoke further, going into a bit of detail about the future of this Epic Games Fall Guys deal and what it means for everyone moving forward:
“Beyond the shared vision among our teams, we see tremendous potential in combining forces with Epic. 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.”
But while these are the standard quotes that you would hear from a studio that is being acquired by another one, Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney had some interesting comments to share about the event:
“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.”
Could Fortnite and Fall Guys Share the Same Metaverse?
By far, this is the most fascinating idea to come out of this acquisition. What Sweeney is stating here seems to indicate that we are looking at a situation where Mediatonic is going to support Epic Games in some way when it comes to the massive metaverse it has created with Fortnite.
Could this mean that Fall Guys and Fortnite take place in the same universe or separate ones that will come together someday? It definitely could mean that, for sure. But for now, it does look like fans of Fall Guys have nothing to worry about when it comes to the future of that growing title.
The Fall Guys team noted that the Epic Games Fall Guys deal will not negatively affect the community and its game for the foreseeable future. The team has grown since its launch from only around 35 people to more than 150 working on it at this time.
What This Means for the Future of Fall Guys
Fortunately, the gameplay is not changing because of this growth nor is the mission to bring the game to more players than ever before. Seasons will continue in the game with new costumes, features, game modes, and more while expanding to other platforms, too.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will remain on Steam and PlayStation so players on there have nothing to worry about as it expands to Nintendo Switch and Xbox. With the Epic Games Fall Guys deal, it is not mentioned but we presume that it will come to the Epic Games Store, too, soon.
It does look like, though, that Steam users shouldn’t worry too much as it seems that Fall Guys will remain on that platform in the meantime. Both Fortnite and Rocket League are mentioned when it comes to content and features that the developer would like to see in Fall Guys like cross-play and more.
But when it comes to free-to-play, Mediatonic has nothing to announce at this time even though the Rocket League purchase did lead to that game going free-to-play on all platforms. For now, Fall Guys is actually on sale on PS4 at the time of writing this.
This Epic Games Fall Guys purchase is a bit surprising and sudden but one thing we do know is that it was seemingly hinted at recently. There were mentions of Fortnite skins in the Fall Guys backend files that we covered recently, giving us the idea that a crossover was coming soon but we didn’t quite realize just how big this crossover would be in the end.