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Viacom Selling Harmonix

Posted on Wednesday, November 17 @ 17:11:56 Eastern by
Murder for freedom the stab in the back.

In a strange step, Viacom is taking popular and successful developer Harmonix off its hands. So the obvious and slightly frightening question is "Who's in the mood to buy?"

The frightening possibility is of course Activision Blizzard. Yes, it could be a "the band is getting back together" moment, but it would also be a bitchy, catty dick move moment. A large part of why Harmonix split off from Guitar Hero in the first place was to get away from how they thought Activision was handling the franchise. (With hindsight, case in point.) Any kind of pact between Harmonix and Activision would have to involve a lot of awkward silences and blood rituals.

The easiest answer would be Electronic Arts who's already a part of the Harmonix family. Of course, it could also view the franchise as something that doesn't have much potential to grow. Does anyone want another peripheral in their living room? Even more DLC? Maybe for a year or so, but what will "Rock Band 4" even look like? Still, Harmonix have been practically geniuses so far; it would be hard-pressed to bet against them and against EA for skipping over Harmonix.

Other possible suitors include the big three: Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. Nintendo would be the odd one out given the online presence of the Rock Band franchise, and Sony may not have enough in their coiffeurs to make a legitimate proposal. Microsoft, on the other hand, can strut its weight however it feels like, and it should be impressed with their work on Dance Central. Exclusivity also wouldn't be beyond its mind, either.

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