Rock Band developer Harmonix may have been born a little too wild for parent company Viacom, which saw itself slammed with a lawsuit earlier this week from the studio's founders and shareholders over payouts and performance bonuses. Perhaps Viacom may not be enarmored with the music gaming genre since it has started to lose its luster at retail. In any case, since the initial announcement back in November, Viacom has decided to sell off Harmonix to... Harmonix, for an undisclosed amount.
That means the Rock Band and Dance Central developer will own and run itself once more, much as it did before Viacom first acquired it back in 2006 for $175 million USD. Viacom at the time promised Harmonix plenty of bonuses if they did well, but according to Harmonix those never fully materialized (hence the lawsuit). Electronic Arts, publisher of the Rock Band games, already shot down suggestions that they would be interested in picking up Harmonix once it became clear Viacom would be pawning them off.
Going back to being privately owned is just what Harmonix has been looking for, and the studio promises it will continue to support existing Rock Band products with DLC songs. Harmonix will also continue full steam on any projects they may have under wraps at the moment, so they won't be slowing down one bit.