After much conjecture, Viacom’s reportedly sold Boston-based Harmonix, the company that revolutionized the rhythm game genre first with the “Guitar Hero” series and then again with the “Rock Band” games. The House of MTV first announced that it was looking to unload Harmonix a few weeks ago, and speculation spun as to which game company would acquire the music-game makers. However, it’s NYC-based investment firm Columbus Nova that acquired Harmonix for an undisclosed sum.
The immediate future of Harmonix’s development remains uncertain, but the deal reportedly allows them to keep on making games with the “Rock Band” and “Dance Central” branding. It also remains to be seen if Harmonix’s ability to license songs will be as robust without the leverage that MTV/Viacom provided.