Activision Blizzard has confirmed that Vicarious Visions, the developer behind such titles as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1
+2 and Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, is officially being merged into Blizzard Entertainment.As reported by GamesIndustry.Biz,
the Vicarious Visions team of about 200 people will now be employees of Blizzard and are “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives.” This means Vicarious Visions will no longer be creating games as a lead developer.
“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [Vicarious Visions] to provide long-term support,” a representative said to GamesIndustry.Biz. However, Activision Blizzard did not reveal what the team has/will be working on going forward.
Vicarious Visions studio head Jen Oneal has been promoted to Blizzard executive vice president of development and will be part of Blizzard’s leadership team and will report directly to Blizzard president J. Allen Brack.
Simon Ebejer, who was the chief operating officer for Vicarious Visions, will take over the studio head role from Oneal.Vicarious Visions was founded in 1990 and was acquired by Activision in 2005. The studio has worked on everything from Guitar Hero, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, Crash Bandicoot, Destiny, Skylanders, and much more. Founding members Karthik Bala and Guha Bala departed the company in 2016 in order to establish Velan Studios, the development studio behind Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.
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