MTV Owners Plan To Ditch Rock Band Creators

Viacom today said they plan to sell the company behind Rock Band, Kinect's Dance Central and the original Guitar Hero.

The mammoth company didn't explain why they want to sell off Harmonix, but it's likely tied to not just the slow down in gaming sales, but also what seems to be a distinct drop off in interest in the instruments-required rhythm games.

No word on who might be picking Boston-based Harmonix up, but since the developer has an on-going publishing deal with Electronic Arts, the second largest game maker in the world, that seems like a distinct possibility.

Viacom Financial Announcements [Viacom]


    What did MTV pay for Harmonix? Like 175 million? If I were EA, I wouldn't even pay 20% of that figure for Harmonix now. They are the masters of a dieing genre, one that will be all but forgotten in two or three years.

    Still, MTV must be smarting. It's not as bad as paying 2.5 billion for myspace, but it's up there.

    Kind of hope Microsoft picks them up.
    I'd like to see Microsoft Game Studios get back in business.

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now