According to GamesIndustry.biz, developers Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will no longer create games as lead developer. Activision Blizzard has decided to merge Vicarious Visions with its Blizzard Entertainment division.
Going forward, the Vicarious Visions team of about 200 people will be “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives.”
After working with Vicarious Visions and building a good relationship, Blizzard realized that Vicarious Visions had an opportunity to provide long-term support to the company.
As part of the announcement, the head of studio Vicarious Visions Jen Onil has become Blizzard’s executive vice president of production.
Vicarious Visions was acquired by Activision back in 2005. The studio managed to work on Skylanders, Guitar Hero, Destiny and Call of Duty. But more recently, she has been known to players as the developers of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Triology.
What the studio will work on at Blizzard is still unknown. In 2020, rumors appeared from the French resource ActualGaming that the studio was working on a re-release of Diablo 2, but popular publications or insiders have not yet reported this.