Vicarious Visions has worked with Activision for decades, being in acquired in 2005 and developing on a wide range of different titles. Last year, Vicarious Visions developed the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 remake, to critical praise and commercial success with over a million copies sold as of September 2020. In a report from GamesIndustry.biz, we’ve learned that Activision is merging Vicarious Visions into Blizzard Entertainment.
The staff of 200 will now be “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives” which means we’ll see this team support the development of games such as Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. It also means Vicarious Visions will no longer be the lead developer on any projects, meaning we won’t see this team on a possible Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 + 4 remake.
Vicarious Visions studio head Jen Oneal has been promoted to Blizzard executive vice president of development, reporting to Blizzard president J. Allen Brack. Simon Ebejer, chief operating officer for Vicarious Visions, has been promoted to become the new studio head.
Update, January 22 (7:07 p.m. ET) — Diablo 2 remake changes hands
According to a report from Bloomberg, Blizzard dissolved its Team 1 group that was responsible for making classic titles like StarCraft 2 and Warcraft 3: Reforged. This team was working on a Diablo 2 remake, called Diablo II: Resurrected, which is now being handled by Vicarious Visions.
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This post was written by Samuel Tolbert and was first posted to WindowsCentral
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