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Vicarious Visions merged into Blizzard



Activision Blizzard has moved its Vicarious Visions studio from the Activision side of the business to the Blizzard side.

The publisher told today GamesIndustry.biz which is effective today, Vicarious Visions is merging into Blizzard Entertainment.

Going forward, the Vicarious Visions team of around 200 people will be employees of Blizzard and “fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives”, which means that Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2 studio will no longer make games as the main developer.

“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a good relationship, Blizzard realized that there was an opportunity for [Vicarious Visions] to provide long-term support, “explained a representative of ours. They declined to specify what team has been working on Blizzard, or for how long.

As part of the move, Vicarious Vision̵

7;s studio manager Jen Oneal has been promoted to Blizzard’s executive vice president of development, where she will join the company’s management team and report directly to Blizzard president J. Allen Brack.

Oneal will be replaced in the Vicarious Vision’s studio leadership role by Simon Ebejer, who previously served as head of the studio.

Vicarious Visions was acquired by Activision in 2005 and has worked with many of the publisher’s largest franchises over the years, including Guitar Hero, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, Crash Bandicoot, Destiny, Skylanders and Call of Duty.

The studio will remain in Albany, New York.

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