Rock Band and Dance Central studio Harmonix has officially been sold by MTV’s parent company, Viacom. The new owner, invest group Columbus Nova, obtained the developer for an undisclosed sum.
“We’re excited for Harmonix to return to its roots as a privately held and independent studio,” Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulous said in a statement. “We are extremely grateful for Viacom’s support, and proud of the work that we’ve done in partnership with our colleagues at MTV Games over the past four years to launch Rock Band and Dance Central. We’re excited to continue work on those franchises and to continue to innovate and entertain in the coming years. “
“We will continue our support of previously released titles and we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you’re going to be pumped about,” a Harmonix spokesperson said on the Rock Band forums.
The full extent of the deal remains to be seen, but it seems that Harmonix can make sequels to their IPs as they see fit. Expect much more information as 2011 rolls around.