Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater: License in jeopardy? New to Vicarious Visions

Game news Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater: License in jeopardy? New to Vicarious Visions

On January 22, 2021, Blizzard announced that Vicarious Visions, the studio behind the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, is now a studio “fully dedicated to Blizzard games and initiatives.” . Today we learn that the development house no longer exists.

Vicarious Visions is no more, long live Vicarious Visions

After collaborating with Activision Publishing for nearly 15 years to create titles like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, and then joining Blizzard Entertainment to make the amazing Diablo II: Resurrected, Today we learn that Vicarious Visions no longer exists. As a matter of fact, The developer will no longer make games as a lead developer, but will only act as a support studio in the future.

The news was shared today on the studio’s Twitter account. On the latter, Vicarious Visions announces that its team has been fully merged with Blizzard Entertainment to focus fully on Blizzard productions.

We’re officially merged with Blizzard Entertainment. Our development team will remain in Albany and be fully dedicated to Blizzard games. We invite you to follow Blizzard_Ent.

The last line of the tweet, “We invite you to follow Blizzard_Ent.”, also indicates that the Vicarious Visions Twitter page will be abandoned in favor of the official Blizzard Studios page. Note, however, that despite this merger, the 200 employees of (formerly) Vicarious Visions will remain based in Albany, New York.

After working with Vicarious Visions for a while and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized that Vicarious Visions had an opportunity to provide long-term support. Blizzard spokesperson

So we envision that those 200 people will now help with the many productions being developed within Blizzard, starting with Diablo IV or Overwatch 2.

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What Future For Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater License?

With this news, the future of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater license is uncertain. Note, however, that many Activision studios have already worked on this saga born in 1999. In addition to Neversoft, the makers of the franchise, there were mainly Toys for Bob or Robomodo. This makes it very likely that the license will change hands, although nothing has been announced about it yet.

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