Epic Games has bought Mediatonic, maker of last year’s hit battle royale, Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, the company announced today.
According to Epic, “gameplay isn’t changing” and the company will continue to support Fall Guys “across platforms,” including PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch. It’s not exactly clear what this will mean for the game’s future on Steam, however, as Epic continues investing in exclusives for its rival digital game storefront. The company previously purchased Rocket League maker Psyonix in 2019, and a year later stopped news sales of the game on Steam.
Fall Guys launched last winter there and on PS4 as a free PlayStation Plus game for paid subscribers, and proved a nice distraction from the ongoing pandemic thanks to its goofy and chaotic online multiplayer. It’s also been a cross-over powerhouse, with skins released every few weeks sporting characters ranging from Sonic to Cuphead.
“It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal,” Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, said in a press release. “As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences.”
Last month, Mediatonic announced the game would come to Switch and Xbox later this winter.