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The American video game giant Epic Games, which develops Fortnite in particular, announced on Tuesday the acquisition of Tonic Games Group, the studio’s parent company behind the game Fall Guys, one of the commercial successes of 2020.
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Via its London studio Mediatonic, Tonic Games Group launched Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, a battle-royale-format multiplayer platform game last August, which has sold over 11 million copies on PC.
The title will remain available for purchase (for $ 19.99 currently) on the Steam download platform as well as on PlayStation. It should also be adapted for the Nintendo Switch and Xbox this summer.
Before this major acquisition, Epic Games announced in May 2019 the acquisition of studio Psyonix, publisher of the sports game Rocket League.
Based in North Carolina in the Southeastern United States, Epic Games develops the Unreal Engine video game engine, used by its global success Fortnite and many other titles.
“It is no secret that Epic is determined to create the metaverse (a fictitious and collective virtual universe, Editor’s note) and Tonic Games shares this ambition,” said in a statement the boss-founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney.
“As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent, who know how to make powerful games, content and experiences,” he added.