Coming off the success of final yr’s Tony Hawk Pro’s Skater 1 + 2, developer Vicarious Visions is present process a significant adjustment. Activision Blizzard has confirmed that the corporate might be moved from Activision’s umbrella into Blizzard, pivoting the studio to be “totally devoted” to Blizzard video games going ahead.
In response to GamesIndustry.biz, the transition is efficient instantly, with Vicarious Visions remaining in Albany, New York. The 200-team studio will now be “totally devoted to present Blizzard video games and initiatives.” Beginning immediately, Vicarious Visions, which has led improvement on a majority of the Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater franchise, will not work on the famed IP.
A spokesperson advised the publication that Vicarious Visions could be an amazing match to supply Blizzard Leisure’s improvement studios “long-term help” going ahead.
“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for a while and creating an amazing relationship, Blizzard realized there was a chance for [Vicarious Visions] to supply long-term help,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The spokesperson did not make clear what Vicarious Imaginative and prescient has been working with Blizzard on or for a way lengthy, however Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier said the studio has been “engaged on Blizzard initiatives for a couple of months now.” What these initiatives are stay a thriller, although Blizzard’s upcoming video games embody Diablo 4, Diablo Immortal, and Overwatch 2.
As a part of the shift, higher administration can be being shuffled round. Vicarious Visions’ head Jen Oneal has been promoted to government vice chairman of improvement at Blizzard. She’s going to report on to firm president J. Allen Brack. Taking Oneal’s place at Vicarious Visions as studio head is Simon Ebejer, who beforehand served because the studio’s chief working officer.
Based by two brothers whereas they have been in highschool in 1990, Vicarious Visions has had a hand in some big-name franchises, together with Crash Bandicoot, Guitar Hero, Spider-Man, and Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater. The studio’s web site seems to be a deadlink following the merger.
This information comes at an odd time for Vicarious Visions, which simply final yr noticed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 set a new record for the franchise, promoting 1 million models quicker than any earlier entry. And following the profitable launch of Vicarious’s Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, Activision Blizzard mentioned throughout a 2017 convention name that remasters of its other IP were likely. Vicarious Visions additionally served as a Destiny 2 help staff earlier than the Activision-Bungie cut up.
This marks the second Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater developer that has been shuttered as a result of a merger. The final studio dealing with the franchise, Neversoft, was mixed into Name of Responsibility developer Infinity Ward in 2014.
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