Epic Games announced that it will acquire Tonic Games Group, the developer behind the blockbuster, “Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout”. Epic Games is currently best known for the battle royale game Fortnite, except for past games such as the Unreal and Gears of War series, and the recent Epic Games Store game publishing platform. The terms of the acquisition are still unknown, but this is a third party that joins Epic Games’ roster.
Epic Games announced the acquisition in a blog post and stated that Fall Guys will retain its original gameplay. It echoes Tonic Games’ statement last month that the game will soon be available on Nintendo Switch and Xbox, as well as PC and PlayStation. However, since Fall Guys is built on Unity Engine, which is a competitor to Epic Games’ own Unreal Engine, it will be interesting to see its development in the future.
Both companies stated in another blog post that they have no plans to provide the game for free.But that PC version of Fall Guys may be released on the Epic Games Store at some point in the future.
Tonic Games Group co-founder and CEO Dave Bailey said in a statement: “At Tonic Games Group, we often say,’Everyone deserves a game that feels like they are made for them.’ With Epic , We feel that we have found a house to build for us. They share the mission of building and supporting games with positive impact, empowering others, and withstanding the test of time. We are extremely excited to work hand in hand with their team.”
At the same time, Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, said: “It’s no secret that Epic has invested in the establishment of metaverse and Tonic Games to achieve this goal. As Epic is committed to building a virtual future, we need great creative talents. Need to create powerful games, content and experiences.”
In other Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout related news, it has recently become the most downloaded game among PlayStation Plus games, with more than 7 million purchases on Steam. The game is inspired by classic TV shows, such as Takeshi’s Castle and It’s Knockout, where players awkwardly browse a series of life-and-death mini-games that bring fresh air to the over-saturated genre of Royal War games. Epic Games recently acquired the video call application Houseparty and Rocket League developer Psyonix, a football game that uses cars instead of humans to play.