Vicarious Visions, which many will know most recently for working on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remakes, was already working with Blizzard as a support studio for Diablo II: Resurrected. But the companies have made the relationship more official, as Blizzard has opened its gaping maw and completely absorbed the studio into itself. Vicarious Visions is no more.
The change was confirmed on the now non-existent studio’s social channels, where it confirmed the studio’s team will still work out of Albany, New York, but they are now entirely set up to work on Blizzard projects like the upcoming Diablo II remaster. Anyone who wants updates on the team’s work will find them on Blizzard’s usual channels.
We’ve officially merged with Blizzard Entertainment. Our development team will remain in Albany, NY and fully dedicated to Blizzard games. We invite you to follow us @Blizzard_Ent
— Vicarious Visions (@VvisionsStudio) April 12, 2022
It’s a shitty situation, as now those developers won’t be free to work on their own projects, and have been fully integrated into another part of Activision-Blizzard’s machine. I do hope, at least, that those folks are finding fulfillment in what they’re doing, and am glad they aren’t being asked to uproot their lives and move to California in the process. The last project released under the Vicarious Visions name was Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 remakes, which launched on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2020. The collection was later ported to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X the following year, and a Switch version followed a few months later. The process of merging the studio into Blizzard began last year, and reports said Vicarious Visions would likely lose its name in the process. Seems it’s just official now. Pour one out.
The merger’s completion follows an extensive scandal out of Activision-Blizzard following a California lawsuit regarding the company’s “frat boy” work culture. This has since extended into other lawsuits, including one from a family of an employee who died by suicide following harassment at the company.