MTV Owners Plan to Ditch Rock Band Creators

Viacom today said they plan to sell the company behind Rock Band, Kinect's Dance Central and the original Guitar Hero.

The mammoth company didn't explain why they want to sell off Harmonix, but it's likely tied to not just the slow down in gaming sales, but also what seems to be a distinct drop off in interest in the instruments-required rhythm games.

No word on who might be picking Boston-based Harmonix up, but since the developer has an on-going publishing deal with Electronic Arts, the second largest game maker in the world, that seems like a distinct possibility.

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