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Vicarious Visions to Drop Name as Part of Merger With Blizzard Entertainment
27/10/2021 à 18:04
Vicarious Visions, the Activision studio which
merged into Blizzard Entertainment
last January to replace the
Classic Games Division
and take over responsibility for Diablo II: Resurrected, will soon be dropping its name to reflect the permeance of its merger and support of Blizzard Entertainment games. While no new name has been announced, some speculate that it will be called Blizzard Albany to reflect their physical office location in Albany, New York.
According to the
original report by Polygon
, employees were told of the merger during a town hall meeting this morning, and while most employees said they were not surprised by it, a few were disappointed by the sudden announcement. Leadership did inform them that no layoffs were planned, and not much else was expected to change, although this should make it clear that Vicarious Visions is now fully committed to the long-term support of Blizzard games.
“For all of the leadership’s talk about being more transparent in response to the lawsuit and resulting fiasco, the fact they decided to blindside us all with this feels about as far from transparent as you can get,” an employee told Polygon.
Formed in 1991, Vicarious Visions was a leading developer of several minor Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS titles, best known for porting the acclaimed Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, Star Wars Jedi Knight, and Doom 3 to other platforms. Acquired by Activision in 2005, they established a reputation as a support studio which helped on a number of projects including the long running Spider-Man, Guitar Hero, Transformers, and Skylanders franchises, though the studio received critical acclaim for their work in porting Destiny 2 to PC and developing the game's Warmind expansion in 2018. Since Bungie split from Activision, Vicarious Visions achieved major success in developing the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater remasters, before officially merging into Blizzard Entertainment in January 2021 to replace the Classic Games Division's work on Diablo II: Resurrected and
assist with Diablo IV development
. Former studio head Jen Oneal was originally named executive vice president of development assisting on Overwatch, but was quickly
promoted to co-leader of Blizzard Entertainment
in August along with Mike Ybarra, replacing J. Allen Brack after the
State of California filed a discrimination lawsuit
against the developer.
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