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Activision merge Vicarious Visions into Blizzard

Published: 21:24, 22 January 2021
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Activision announced that their renowned studio Vicarious Visions is crossing over to the Blizzard side and merging with the studio to provide long-term support.

Vicarious Visions have been part of Activision since the latter acquired them in 2005 and the already prolific studio continued pretty much in the same manner. 

You probably recall the Vicarious Visions logo but can't place into a specific game where you remember it from, and we don't blame you - the range of games the studio developed is quite staggering. 

Developing for every platform you could think of from Nintendo DS to PC, although retaining a special kind of love for handhelds, the studio worked on top franchises like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Spider-Man, Star Wars Jedi Knight, Doom, Guitar Hero, and even helped out Bungie as support studio on Destiny.

Now, however, the 200-strong studio is crossing the Activision Blizzard fence line to be integrated into the latter for what Activision's reps say will be long-term support work. 

"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", Activision told GamesIndustry.

Vicarious Visions' studio head Jen Oneal is now the executive vice president of development at Blizzard, where she'll be reporting directly to their head honcho J. Allen Brack. 

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It turns out that Vicarious Visions' last game will be Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, a glorious remake of two glorious skating games, which really turned back the clock on the franchise. In fact, it is currently the fastest-selling game in the franchise and it will be interesting to see who takes over when time comes for the next one.

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