Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater remaster studio Vicarious Visions joins Blizzard

Vicarious Visions, the studio behind the latest Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 1 and a couple of remasters, is now a part of Blizzard Leisure, studies GamesIndustry.biz. The studio has been merged with the developer behind World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo to offer “long-term assist,” Blizzard mentioned in a press release to GamesIndustry.

Blizzard has been working with Vicarious Visions for a while, a consultant for Blizzard mentioned, but it surely’s not clear on which tasks. Blizzard has a comparatively excessive variety of introduced titles in growth, together with Diablo 4, Overwatch 2, and Diablo Immortal. None of these video games have introduced launch dates, nonetheless.

We could know extra about Blizzard’s plans — and the way they contain Vicarious Visions’ greater than 200 workers — quickly. BlizzConline, an online-only model of the developer’s annual BlizzCon gaming conference, will happen Feb. 19-20.

Vicarious Visions was based in 1990 and initially centered on titles for Recreation Boy and PC platforms. The corporate was acquired by Activision in 2005, and went on to develop video games within the Guitar Hero, Transformers, Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater, and Skylanders franchises. Vicarious Visions studio head Jennifer Oneal has been promoted to govt vice chairman of growth at Blizzard, and can report back to Blizzard president J. Allen Brack.

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