Epic Games adds yet another major video game company to their already impressive lineup. The Fortnite developer has announced that they have purchased Tonic Games Group, which is the parent company of Mediatonic, the main developer of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. By extension, this means that Epic Games now owns the studio and any of their IPs. Mediatonic soon followed with their own announcement, as well as a blog post/FAQ post that offers some details on the future of the company, and their most popular title.
What does this mean? I’m glad you asked!
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According to the post, Fall Guys will remain available through Steam on PC for the time being. The developer is also still planning to bring the game to both the Xbox Series X|S and the Nintendo Switch. Mediatonic also mentioned that there are currently no plans to make the game free-to-play, which is what Epic Games did with Rocket League when they purchased the developer Psyonix. Epic Games also confirmed on their own post that the game will in fact make its way to their own PC platform launcher, the Epic Games Store.
Fall Guys of course is the runaway sensation from the previous Summer that essentially took over every single gaming facet for the better part of 2020. The platformer/battle royale genre initially launched on both PC through Steam and the PlayStation 4. However, those playing on the PlayStation 4 with a PS Plus subscription were able to download the game for free at launch, which quickly made the game the most downloaded PS Plus title of all time. The game’s release through Steam wasn’t hurting either. Despite not being free and costing $19.99, it went onto sell approximately 2 million digital units in less than a week, which is an astonishing amount for any title, AAA or not.
With more content on the way, and a crossover with Fortnite now a possibility, Fall Guys is easily a significant acquisition for the Epic Games. Not only that, but the company also revealed just a couple of weeks ago that Axiom Verge 2 and the entire Kingdom Hearts franchise would be coming exclusively to their store this year. It’s safe to say that the company’s library is only going to increase exponentially from this point, and it’ll be interesting to see what they go for next.