Viacom announced today, and Harmonix confirmed on their Rock Band forums
, that the company has officially been sold to Harmonix-SBE Holdings LLC, which is an affiliate of investment firm Columbus Nova, LLC.
Harmonix Developer John Drake posted the following statement with regards to the sale:
Viacom and MTV Networks have been an amazing home for us over the past 4 years. It’s where we launched both Rock Band and Dance Central, worked with The Beatles, Green Day, AC/DC, The Who and thousands of other artists. We want to take a moment to thank everyone in that organization who helped make these awesome games possible.
We’re excited to be returning to our roots as an independent and privately owned studio. As for what it means for you, the DLC schedule marches on for Rock Band, we will continue our support of previously released titles and we’re hard at work on some unannounced projects that we think you’re going to be pumped about.
Viacom announced Harmonix was up for sale
in mid-November. No financial details as to the transaction were disclosed.