Mediatonic, the devs behind the game Fall Guys, were purchased by Epic Games! How will this impact the future of your favorite bean racer battle royale? We look at all the details and make some wild speculations. After all, that's what gaming journalists are here to do!
Epic Games Purchases Mediatonic
Epic Games claims they will not change the core gameplay of Fall Guys but only focus on the game’s growth across multiple platforms like the upcoming Nintendo Switch and Xbox versions. Epic tweeted about the recent purchase of Fall Guys and its dev team Mediatonic:
Our Crown Rank just went WAY up. Tonic Games Group, the makers of @FallGuysGame are joining the Epic Games Family! Together with @mediatonic we will continue to invest in Fall Guys... and the metaverse. https://t.co/hsqNttcvh1— Epic Games Newsroom (@EpicNewsroom) March 2, 2021
Epic Games seemed hyped about acquiring the Fall Guys team and David Bailey, CEO of Mediatonic, had this to say about Epic Games:
At Tonic Games Group we often say that ‘everyone deserves a game that feels like it was made for them.’ With Epic, we feel like we have found a home that was made for us. They share our mission to build and support games that have a positive impact, empower others and stand the test of time and we couldn’t be more excited to be joining forces with their team.
Even more detail about both Mediatonic and new owners Epic Games is covered in a recent blog post announcing the news.
Will Fall Guys Become Free to Play?
Epic Games built its empire on the free-to-play battle royale Fortnite and gives away free games every month on the Epic Games Store. So, in theory, it would make sense for Fall Guys to become free-to-play. Also, Fall Guys has tons of skins and seems to be perfect for the free-to-play micro-transaction model.
At the moment, Fall Guys is not on the Epic Games Store yet, but remains on Steam for 20 Euros. Perhaps it will take sometime before we see it on the Epic Games Store and then maybe free-to-play. Keep in mind this may never come to pass, as it all depends on Steam's distribution rights of Fall Guys.
If you ask us though: Fall Guys should be free! The game needs a boost! Its player base and popularity have really dropped off recently and is seldom seen in the top ranks of sites like Twitch.