It’s a perfect fit, really: Epic Games has announced that it has acquired Tonic Games Group, which includes developer Mediatonic and its smash hit video game, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. You may be wondering what this means for the availability of Fall Guys on other platforms, and right now the answer is apparently “nothing.” Epic Games reiterates, “Your favorite colorful beans will still stumble through the chaos on PC, PlayStation, and soon Nintendo Switch and Xbox.” The game will also remain available on Steam.
Tonic Games Group / Mediatonic / Fall Guys fits well into the Epic Games portfolio because it is another game like Fortnite that has enormous multiplayer value for streaming. It feels like a repeat of when Epic bought Rocket League developer Psyonix, where another game with enormous multiplayer value was acquired and little changed regarding the game’s operations and availability in the short term. However, notably, Devolver Digital is still the publisher of Fall Guys.
Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney provided a statement on the acquisition: “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.”
Mediatonic is offering a blog post answering questions about the acquisition by Epic Games, explaining that, with the acquisition, it hopes to implement “account systems, cross-play, squad vs squad modes,” among other things. “We’ve been mutual fans for a while and as we’ve gotten to know the Epic team better, it turns out we have a lot in common and share a lot of the same goals,” stated the developer. There is currently “nothing to announce” about the prospect of Fall Guys becoming potentially free to play.
What do you think of Epic Games acquiring Tonic Games Group and Mediatonic, and do you think it will help to make Fall Guys a better experience in the long run?