GameSpot reports that Cambridge-based Harmonix, developer of Rock Band and Dance Central, has been sold to a NYC-based investment firm.

Joystiq reports that MTV Games confirms elimination of 39 positions at Harmonix, as the Rock Band development studio restructures its QA department. Reportedly, no games are expected to be canceled or delayed as a result.

GameSpot reports that the release of Harmonix‘s The Beatles: Rock Band has helped Viacom reverse its trend of slumping rhythm game sales.

GameSpot reports that Wedbush Morgan projections have Fab Four game outselling Activision’s latest nearly 2:1 in debut month; EEDAR says both titles exceeded expectations.

Over the past week, we’ve seen significant launches from local games companies. On September 9th, Turbine launched their free-to-play premium MMO Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited and Harmonix launched the highly anticipated The Beatles: Rock Band. In addition, game community portal gamerDNA.com recently unveiled a major upgrade to their site. Here are just a few media outlets that have been buzzing about this news:

GameSpot reports that all but one of the of the 45 on-disc Beatles songs for Harmonix’s upcoming rhythm game have been announced.  Can’t wait to play it!

This week Cambridge-based Harmonix announced that it will release LEGO Rock Band this holiday season. The game is being developed by Telltale Games in a partnership with Harmonix and published by Warner Bros. Entertainment.

 

LEGO Rock Band will be released on multiple platforms (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, DS) and is centered around the tag line “Build a Band and Rock the Universe.”  In addition, Harmonix will also release The Beatles: Rock Band in September 2009, which Harmonix also just recently announced. No wonder these guys have been hiring!

 

For more info, check out Matt Peckham’s post on PCWorld.com or the official announcement on RockBand.com.

 

 

 

 

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