Viacom announced today during its financial reports that it plans to sell Rock Band and Dance Central developers Harmonix. The reasons for the sale are still cloudy, but I’m sure Viacom has to have some reason to sell off the big developer. With Harmonix now on the market, for an estimated $175 million, one of the first names to come to mind is Activision. What better way to take out the competition to your own brand, (i.e Guitar Hero) than to own the competition. Then again, this is nothing but speculation. Expect updates as the story develops.
Side Note: Viacom has assured Rock Band and Dance Central fans that the sale of the developer will not affect downloadable content, and music licenses towards the game and that they will continue to support the game through the sale. Here’s what a Viacom spokesperson had to say:
“All we can say at this point is that Rock Band and Dance Central DLC will continue as planned and we will continue to fully support their releases.”