The studio responsible for games such as Crash Bandicoot remasters or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater will work exclusively on Blizzard projects.
New business movement in the video game industry. And it is that Vicarious Visions, developers of recent titles such as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy or Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2, immediately merged with Blizzard to “devote themselves entirely to existing Blizzard games and initiatives.” This is collected by the GamesIndustry medium, confirming that the studio in Albany, New York, will no longer be running its own projects.
They only work on Blizzard projects
So, and after this merger, the 200 employees of Vicarious Visions will keep their jobs, although now within the Blizzard corporate structure, employees who will henceforth dedicate their work exclusively to projects of the company responsible for titles such as Diablo, Overwatch or World of Warcraft, and many others. That is why Vicarious Visions will no longer develop games as its own studio.
“After working with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized that there was an opportunity for Vicarious Visions to provide long-term support,” they say of Blizzard, without specifying what the studio is doing now. works with regard to Snowstorm.
Additionally, Jen Oneal, Director of Vicarious Visions, will be transferred to the role of Executive Vice President of Development at Blizzard; In this sense, Simon Ebejer takes the place of Oneal at the head of Vicarious Visions. Let’s not forget that Vicarious Visions was acquired by Activision in 2005 to work and collaborate on many of the company’s major franchises such as Guitar Hero, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, Crash Bandicoot, Destiny, Skylanders or Call of Duty.