Through the acquisition of Tonic Games Group, Epic will unite Fall Guys and Fortnite under one umbrella company, building up their originals.
Mediatronic’s parent group, Tonic Games is being acquired by Epic Games, one of the biggest acquisitions the company has made during its lifetime. With Mediatronic under Epic’s control, the company will gain access to the growing resources at Epic’s command, which in return, gives Epic Games access to Fall Guys, once the biggest hit of the year.
Epic wants to make sure that your experience doesn’t change too much however, as they have confirmed that Fall Guys will stay on Steam, although cross-play will be coming to the game soon. It sounds as though this acquisition has been planned for a little while now, as explained by 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.”
The deal is likely one of Epic Games’ biggest purchases in a while, following 2019’s public acquisitions of the social media app Houseparty, and Rocket League developer Psyonix. Although there was no price tag added to the blog post, it’s likely a large sum, since Fall Guys had a very dedicated base.
According to these blog posts between Epic and Mediatronic, Fall Guys will remain available for purchase on Steam, with the game still coming to Xbox and Nintendo Switch. The two companies have said that there are no plans to make the game free-to-play, such as with Fortnite, unlike Epic’s choice to take Rocket League free-to-play.
The interesting part that news sources have pointed out, is that Fall Guys is built on Unity, a competing game engine to Epic Games’ Unreal engine. Even with this competing engine technology, the two are planning to bring crossplay and additional features, such as within Fortnite.
Epic’s purchase includes not only Fall Guys’ developer Mediatronic, but also Fortitude Games, both under the Tonic Games Group. As Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said in a statement,
“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.”
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Even though Tonic Games includes more than just Fall Guys, it’s obvious that Epic’s main intention of this purchase was to wrap another summer blockbuster into their catalog. The game, a platforming battle royale, is similar to Epic’s Fortnite, in the way that dozens of people compete for one singular prize.
The game arrived to PlayStation and PC in August as a time exclusive, becoming an instant hit, even overloading Mediatronic’s servers at first. Such as Fortnite, the game was well known for its ability to connect and play with friends online, even including the game’s monetization, which revolves heavily around in-game characters and skins.
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