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Epic Games buys Fall Guys developer

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A bunch of Fall Guys in dinosaur costumes run towards an open gate Image: Mediatonic/Devolver Digital
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Epic Games has bought Tonic Games Group, the company that owns Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout studio Mediatonic.

Announced via joint post on the Epic Games blog, the purchase is light on details (like the price), but it notes that Fall Guys’ “gameplay isn’t changing.” The plans to bring the game to Nintendo Switch and Xbox will continue as previously announced.

“Beyond the shared vision among our teams, we see tremendous potential in combining forces with Epic,” says Paul Croft, Tonic Games Group’s co-founder and Chief Games Officer, according to Epic’s blog post. “Whether it’s about making our own games the best they can be or empowering other game developers to take their content from a kernel of an idea to commercial success, we know that together we will be able to reach greater heights.”

While Fall Guys is the headline act, Tonic Games Group is an umbrella organization encompassing multiple studios, including other small companies like The Irregular Corporation, a publisher of indie titles like PC Building Simulator and Touch Type Tale; and Fortitude Games, a U.K studio that has not yet announced its first project.

How long it will be before Fall Guys’ bean-people appear in Fortnite is anyone’s guess.

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