Vicarious Visions is no more. As of today, the 31-year-old company has been fully subsumed into Blizzard, and will be “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives” from now on.
In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, a representative for Vicarious Visions said the following:
“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.”
The studio head, Jen Oneal, has been promoted to Blizzard executive vice president of development, with Simon Ebejer – who was previously Vicarious Visions’ chief operating officer – replacing her in the role.
Vicarious Visions was previously acquired by Activision in 2005, a few years before Activision’s merger with Blizzard in 2008. They have worked on multiple ports of games to Nintendo consoles, including games from the Guitar Hero series, the Skylanders games, Tony Hawk’s Underground 1 and 2, and the Shrek games.
Their last project was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2, released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020. Previous to that, they were working as a support team for Bungie on Destiny 2, and developed the hugely successful Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, although the Switch port was handled by developers Toys for Bob.
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