Rock Band developer Harmonix just got some wind beneath its wings in the form of a new publishing deal.
Tilting Point is partnering with Harmonix for a multi-game deal where the two companies will work together to release music games for mobile platforms. Tilting Point is a publishing service founded by the people previously responsible for Electronic Arts’ partners program, which is the division of that publisher that makes deals to distribute games from independent studios. Tilting Point has helped studios like Senri release its beautiful mobile platformer Leo’s Fortune on iOS and Android, and now the company wants to do something similar with Harmonix.
As part of the agreement, Tilting Point will provide Harmonix with expertise and creative guidance.
“We’ve known the guys at Tilting Point for years through EA Partners, and recently we began exploring ideas for games we’d like to work on together,” Harmonix chief creative officer Alex Rigopulos said. “Tilting Point has been instrumental in helping us to hone those ideas and to identify the ones that fit best with the mobile market.”
Harmonix is not completely new to mobile. In May, the company released a free-to-play, music-based Temple Run-style endless runner for the iOS App Store and Google Play called Record Run. That game only briefly cracked the top-100 in either market, and it currently has less than 50,000 downloads on Android.
“We’ve known for a long time that we needed a partner to help us succeed on mobile,” said Rigopulos. “Tilting Point simply has the best offering for developers, providing the tools, talent, and experience to turn our ideas into hit games.”
Harmonix is already working on its first mobile game as part of its Tilting Point partnership, but it isn’t providing any details about what it is or when it will debut at this time.
“Harmonix has been a leader in music games for over a decade now,” Tilting Point executive chairman Tom Frisina said. “They are one of the most innovative game creators in this business. From Amplitude to Rock Band to Dance Central and Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, these guys have proven time and again their ability to create massive hits. There is a huge opportunity on mobile to create the next big hit in music games, and Harmonix is ideally suited to take advantage of that opportunity.”