Tony Hawk, Crash Bandicoot Remake Studio Merges Into Blizzard
Developer Vicarious Visions has seemingly been on a roll in recent years, having moved up from existence as an Activision support studio to assembling two of the most appreciated remake compilations in recent memory: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. As Vicarious earned quite a bit of praise for its efforts as a lone studio, it appears the ride may be over as the company has now been merged into publisher Blizzard Entertainment.
Announced in a statement with GamesIndustry.biz, Vicarious Visions has officially made the move from Activision to Blizzard, repurposing the team of “about 200” employees into a support studio for Blizzard. A representative confirmed the developer will be “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives” from now on, suggesting it’s days as a lead developer – and any chance of working on further Tony Hawk games – are currently behind them.
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.”
It’s not yet known what prompted the move or what role the Crash trilogy developer may have at Blizzard (though, there are rumors). However, Vicarious reverting back into a support studio is certainly surprising considering Activision’s affinity for remakes as well as this particular studio’s repeated success in that area. Though the Bandicoot is currently in good hands with Toys For Bob, the future of more Tony Hawk remakes is comparatively unknown, but it’s definitely possible for Activision to pass along that torch as well.
In addition to being part of the merger, Vicarious Visions’ management will also see a switch-up, with studio head Jennifer Oneal being promoted to Executive Vice President of Development at Blizzard and reporting directly to company president J. Allen Brack. Taking over as the new studio boss is Simon Ebejer, who previously served as Chief Operating Officer during the development of both the Crash Bandicoot and Tony Hawk remakes.
What do you think? Are you bummed to see Vicarious Visions absorbed by Blizzard, or do you feel this might lead to better things? Do you think we’ll ever get a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3+4 remake? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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