Harmonix is Independent Again
Harmonix has announced on their forums that it has purchased itself from Viacom, and that it will once again be an independent studio going forward. Harmonix Developer John Drake had this to say on the sale:
We’re happy to confirm the news today that the sale of the company is complete. We appreciate all of your support, comments and warm wishes in the preceding few weeks.
Viacom and MTV Networks have been an amazing home for us over the past 4 years. It’s where we launched both Rock Band and Dance Central, worked with The Beatles, Green Day, AC/DC, The Who and thousands of other artists. We want to take a moment to thank everyone in that organization who helped make these awesome games possible.
We’re excited to be returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio. As for what it means for you, the DLC schedule marches on for Rock Band, we will continue our support of previously released titles and we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you’re going to be pumped about.
This is great news, as Harmonix has just released its best title as a developer, Rock Band 3. Going forward, they should be able to make the games they want to make, assuming they can find a publisher willing to work with them.
If you’re interested in seeing Viacom’s press release on the sale, you can find it here.