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‘Fortnite’ creator Epic Games are acquiring the makers of ‘Fall Guys’

  • March 03, 2021
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a humorous take on the battle royale genre with 100 cute fall guys competing in rounds of contest until one is left standing.

The creators of the popular online game “Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout” have a new home.

Epic Games, the company behind “Fortnite,” announced Tuesday it has acquired Tonic Games Group, part of a larger plan to create a metaverse where players congregate online to socialize, play games or attend events.

The game, available on PC and PlayStation platforms and launching soon for Nintendo Switch and Xbox, features rotund characters wobbling around in a series of obstacle courses and challenges. Similar to the “Fortnite” battle royale,“Fall Guys” games typically start with 60 players and end with one final winner.

Epic said it will continue investing in the game to make it “a great experience for players across platforms,” in a statement released Tuesday.

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This purchase, says Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, is part of its larger plan to invest in building a metaverse where players get together virtually.

“It’s no secret that Epic is invested in building the metaverse and Tonic Games shares this goal,” said Sweeney in a statement. “As Epic works to build this virtual future, we need great creative talent who know how to build powerful games, content and experiences.”

followed Fortnite in adopting a free-to-play model.

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