It was announced today via the official Fall Guys Twitter account that Epic Games, developer of the smash hit Fortnite, will be purchasing Mediatonic, the studio behind Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout.

In addition to Mediatonic, Epic Games will acquire Fortitude Games as part of the deal to purchase parent company Tonic Games Group.

 

 

“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,” said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney in a statement.

In a blog post linked in the tweet, Mediatonic answered a few questions that fans are likely to have following the acquisition. Number one on the list was the question of how Epic Games acquiring the studio would affect Fall Guys as a game, and the answer is that it isn’t going to change much; the gameplay is the same, it’ll be staying on Steam and the PlayStation Store, and they’ll be working hard to continue to bring new rounds, costumes, and features to Fall Guys — including a hope to bring an account system and cross-play to Fall Guys.

The team has nothing to announce on whether Fall Guys will ever go free-to-play right now, and the blog post also mentions that they’ll continue to interact with their community in largely the same way.

With the Steam and PS4 versions sticking around and Switch and Xbox versions of Fall Guys on the horizon, hopefully the aforementioned account systems and cross-play will be coming to Fall Guys sooner rather than later, and it’s looking like an acquisition by Epic Games will only help bring that dream closer to reality.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is planned to launch on Switch this summer.

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