The people who make Rock Band and the breakout Kinect dancing game Dance Central have been sold by MTV's parent company Viacom. But they can keep making sequels to those series, if they want to.
The new owners, investment group Columbus Nova, have purchased Harmonix for an undisclosed sum, according to a Viacom statement this morning.
Kotaku understands that Harmonix takes the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises with them.
"We're excited for Harmonix to return to its roots as a privately held and independent studio," Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulous said in a statement. "We are extremely grateful for Viacom's support, and proud of the work that we've done in partnership with our colleagues at MTV Games over the past four years to launch Rock Band and Dance Central. We're excited to continue work on those franchises and to continue to innovate and entertain in the coming years. "
The Boston-based Harmonix, which made the first Guitar Hero games as well acclaimed but less commercially successful music games like Amplitude and Frequency before that, had been purchased by MTV in 2006. Earlier this fall, Viacom signaled an intent to sell Harmonix, citing a need to focus on other activities and expressing diminished interest in producing big console video games.