The Foundry Group, a Colorado-based venture capital firm that invests in human computer interaction companies and previously backed Zynga, recently joined Harmonix's board of directors and is now "involved" with Harmonix, according to the company.
"We are pleased to announce that Brad (Feld, managing director at the Foundry Group,) will be joining the board of Harmonix," according to a statement on The Foundry Group's website. "The company, best known for developing three massive game franchises — Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and Dance Central — is hard at work on a new generation of games that transform the way humans and computers interact.
"Given our deep focus on human-computer interaction, it was easy for us to decide to get involved with Harmonix. We've learned an enormous amount about the intersection of human-computer interaction and video games over the past five years through our investments in Zynga, Sifteo, and Orbotix. We've continued to stretch the envelope of human-computer interaction with investments in Oblong, Occipital, and Organic Motion. We've seen, and experienced, first hand the power of using different HCI paradigms to capture human emotion and interaction in different contexts."
In a separate post, Feld wrote that he met with Harmonix founders Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy last fall to see three new games that the company is working on. The developer revealed that it was working on three games (at least one of which was a real-time combat game) last June.
"Each addressed a different HCI paradigm," Feld wrote. "Each was stunningly envisioned. And each was magic, even in its rough form. Earlier this year I saw each game again, in a more advanced form. And I was completely and totally blown away — literally bouncing in my seat as I saw them demoed.
"So — when Alex and Eran asked me if I'd join their board and help them with this part of their journey, I happily said yes. It's an honor to be working with two entrepreneurs who are so incredibly passionate and dedicated to their craft. They've built, over a long period of time, a team that has created magical games not just once, but again and again. And they continue to push the boundaries of human-computer interaction in a way that impacts millions of people."
The news of Harmonix's three new games comes as the developer prepares to stop producing new DLC songs for Rock Band. Next Tuesday the series' last song, American Pie, will be released.
We've reached out to comment from Harmonix to see what sort of impact this might have on the developer.
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