Developer Vicarious Visions will be gone after confirming that it has completed its merger plan with Blizzard Entertainment.
The studio tweeted on Tuesday: “We have officially merged with Blizzard Entertainment. Our development team will stay at Albany and fully focus on developing future Blizzard titles. We invite you to follow us on our personal twitter page for more future projects.” Until now the Vicarious Visions studio was called Blizzard Albany.
Activision Blizzard announced in January 2021 that it plans to bring Vicarious Visions to Blizzard as a support team. At that point, developer Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will no longer be creating the game as lead developer. Going forward, the Vicarious Visions team of about 200 people will be Blizzard employees and “fully committed to Blizzard’s existing games and initiatives,” the publisher told GamesIndustry.biz.
Last October, it was reported that Vicarious Visions would lose its name following a merger with Blizzard, and now it looks like the transition has been completed. The veteran studio was founded more than 30 years ago and since then it has produced dozens of titles, often games licensed for consoles, such as the GBA version of Tony Hawk’s Underground 2.
Vicarious Visions was acquired by Activision in 2005 and has worked with many of the publisher’s biggest brands, including Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Destiny and Call of Duty. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 is the most recent and last game Vicarious Visions as lead developer has received rave reviews from critics and launched as the The best-selling version in the brand.
The game sold a million copies within the first two weeks. Meanwhile, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was even more successful with 10 million copies sold in the first two years. The major news sites have heaped praise on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2: “Vicarious Visions has delivered a great remake of two iconic games of the old decade”.