Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1+2 Developer Vicarious Visions Merged With Blizzard Entertainment
Vicarious Visions, the Pro Skater 1+2 developer of Tony Hawk and Skylanders, has merged with Blizzard Entertainment.
The developer was previously tied to Activision but switched to the Blizzard side of the partnership after recently working on Diablo II: Resurrected.
While the roughly 200 employees will remain at their Albany-based studio, they will now only work on Blizzard games, meaning Vicarious will no longer be the lead developer on any project, but rather a supporting studio. It’s nothing new for the staff at Vicarious – they were a huge support during the development of the PC version of Destiny 2 – but this official merge signals the end of the development of leads, like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+. 2.
We have officially merged with Blizzard Entertainment. Our development team will remain in Albany, NY and will be fully dedicated to Blizzard games. We invite you to follow us @Blizzard_Ent
— Indirect visions (@VvisionsStudio) April 12, 2022
A Blizzard spokesperson later told gamesindustry.biz that the studio would be “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives” going forward.
They added, “After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for a while and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [Vicarious Visions] to support you over time. »
It’s unclear which game Vicarious employees will be working on, but Blizzard has a number of projects underway, including Diablo 4, a Diablo mobile game, Overwatch 2, and more.
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Vicarious’ story spans almost 30 years since the release of Synnergist for PC in 1996 and has since worked on dozens of different titles for just about every console.
Arguably its biggest franchise is the toy-to-life phenomenon Skylanders, which Vicarious worked on for most of the 2010s.
More recently, he’s worked on the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, and the Diablo 2 Remaster released last year.
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