Epic Games announced the acquisition of Tonic Games Group, the parent company of Mediatonic (Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout), The Irregular Corporation (Murder by Numbers, PC Building Simulator), and a start-up indie studio called Fortitude Games.
“It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal,” said Epic’s founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content, and experiences.”
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
It’s now expected that Epic adds Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout as part of the free titles on their Store, adding a different and more family-friendly approach to the battle royale genre that has been dominated by Fortnite.
“With Epic, we feel like we have found a home that was made for us,” said Tonic Games Group co-founder and CEO Dave Bailey. “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.”
Epic confirmed that Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout won’t be removed from any storefronts, and “will continue to invest in making the game a great experience for players across platforms.”
Epic Games has been very active in the acquisitions of game development studios and IPs for their digital distribution platform, the industry giant also announced Unreal Engine V that will take new projects of Epic to the next-generation of video games, and it’s working closely with PlayStation to create new experiences for both, PC and consoles.