Vicarious Visions is one of those game studios that managed to focus on both quantity and quality of games. The veteran studio was founded three decades ago and has contributed to a list of games over the decades. Its achievements include the 2020 skateboarding video game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, published by Activision, which received favorable reviews from critics and launched as the fastest-selling entry in the IP, selling one million copies within its first two weeks.
Vicarious Visions’ relationship with Blizzard Entertainment goes back many a year since Activision acquired the studio in 2005. It has developed many of the publisher’s prominent IPs, including Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Destiny, and Call of Duty. However, things have changed for the alluring bunch of developers. Vicarious Visions is no more after affirming that it has completed its planned joining with Blizzard Entertainment.
Blizzard Entertainment is recognized worldwide for crafting titles like Diablo, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone. It’s unfamiliar as of now precisely which of these titles the old Vicarious Visions team will focus on; the developers will assumably be employed across the whole Blizzard Entertainment roster.
We've officially merged with Blizzard Entertainment. Our development team will remain in Albany, NY and fully dedicated to Blizzard games. We invite you to follow us @Blizzard_Ent
— Vicarious Visions (@VvisionsStudio) April 12, 2022
This merging may be good news for some, but the news also comes with sad tidings. Since the studio is going defunct, the team also won’t develop franchises like Spyro the Dragon, Crash Bandicoot, or Tony Hawk moving forward. In a recent announcement of the merging through a tweet on the studio’s official Twitter account, Vicarious Visions has cited that it will fully dedicate itself to Blizzard Entertainment games. Fans of the studio have shown concern over this announcement; replies under the tweet sum up the community’s reaction.
The forthcoming of this announcement was already unveiled last year. The Vicarious Visions team of roughly 200 people will now be employees of Blizzard Entertainment and “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives,” Activision Blizzard quoted to GamesIndustry.biz. Blizzard Entertainment further noted, “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.”
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