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Vicarious Visions Has Been Merged Into Blizzard

Activision Blizzard has moved developer Vicarious Visions to the Blizzard side of its business. The studio was previously responsible for the popular Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 remake but has now been reassigned to existing Blizzard initiatives.

It’s a curious move, and one that has fans of the studio worried for the future of its popular franchises.

“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,” said a representative from the company. Unfortunately, that’s all that’s mentioned in the announcement. There’s no indication as to what the team is now working on, or when we’ll know more about the studio’s new position.

Jen Oneal, former studio head of Vicarious Visions, will now be an Executive Vice President of Development at Blizzard. Oneal will report directly to J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard.

Vicarious Visions was responsible for much more than the wildly successful Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. The studio also worked on the rebooted Crash Bandicoot franchise, Skylanders, and dozens of other hit titles throughout the years. This new shift in responsibility still carries a lot of unknowns, and we’re curious to see what its talented roster of 200+ employees cooks up next.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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