Harmonix and EA team up

The complicated saga of Harmonix and its former franchise Guitar Hero has taken a further twist today with the news that EA is set to publish the developer’s upcoming MTV-branded game.

Gamespot reports that Activision last year spent nearly $91 million to acquire indie publisher RedOctane and its popular rhythm game licence, Guitar Hero. Subsequently, MTV Networks bought Guitar Hero developer Harmonix for $175 million. Guitar Hero development has been taken in-house at Activision-owned NeverSoft.

The situation has been further complicated with Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopoulos and vice president of EA Partners David DeMartini revealing that Activision's archrival EA will distribute the forthcoming MTV-branded game.

As for further details of the EA-published, MTV-branded game, Rigopoulos stated: “The project we're working on is by far, by far our most ambitious undertaking ever.”

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Tags: guitar hero , ea , harmonix

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