Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1+2 Developer Vicarious Visions Has Merged With Blizzard Entertainment


Tony Hawk's Professional Skater 1+2 and Skylanders developer Vicarious Visions has merged with Snowstorm Leisure.

The developer used to be prior to now tied to Activision however has moved throughout to the Snowstorm aspect of the partnership after it maximum not too long ago labored on Diablo II: Resurrected.

Whilst the 200 or so staff will stay of their Albany-based studio they're going to now only paintings on Snowstorm video games, that means Vicarious will now not be the lead developer on any challenge however as a substitute a supporting studio. That is not anything new for personnel at Vicarious – they have been necessary beef up throughout the advance of Future 2's PC model – however this legitimate merge indicators the top of lead construction, corresponding to that on Tony Hawk's Professional Skater 1+2.

A Snowstorm spokesperson later informed that the studio can be “absolutely devoted to current Snowstorm video games and tasks” going ahead.

They added: “After participating with Vicarious Visions for a while and growing an ideal courting, Snowstorm learned there used to be a possibility for [Vicarious Visions] to supply long-term beef up.”

There is not any phrase on which recreation Vicarious staff might be operating on however Snowstorm has quite a few tasks within the works together with Diablo 4, a Diablo cellular recreation, Overwatch 2, and extra.

Activision Snowstorm Deal In comparison to Different Main Acquisitions

Vicarious's historical past spans just about 30 years because it first launched Synnergist for PC in 1996 and has since labored on dozens of various titles for almost each and every console.

Its greatest franchise is arguably toys-to-life phenomenon Skylanders, which Vicarious labored on for lots of the 2010s.

Extra not too long ago it labored at the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Tony Hawk's Professional Skater 1 + 2, and the Diablo 2 remaster that used to be launched closing 12 months.

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