Viacom issued a press release today confirming the sale of Harmonix, the Rock Band developer that had been on the ‘shopping’ block since November. While the industry speculated that a number of suitors from EA to Activision might purchase the studio, Harmonix was ulimately sold to Columbus Nova, an investment company located in New York, returning the studio to private control. Viacom announced the deal earlier today and, as of press time, terms of the sale were not announced.
What does the sale mean for fans? Harmonix’s John Drake reassured fans in a forum post that Harmonix “will continue [their] support of previously released titles” and that “the DLC schedule marches on for Rock Band.” The tone of the announcement and the forum post suggests that Harmonix, though now owned officially by an investment firm, will retain full control over the studio’s direction.