Vicarious Visions Merges with Blizzard, Won't Lead Tony Hawk Development Anymore

Vicarious Visions Merges with Blizzard, Won't Lead Tony Hawk Development Anymore”

It will now focus entirely on Blizzard's franchises, including Diablo, instead of making its own games. VV studio head Jen Oneal will now be executive vice president of development at Blizzard, and former chief operating officer Simon Ebejer will take over her role. Nonetheless, Blizzard could likely use the help from a quality studio as it attempts to move on major releases like Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4.

Game publisher Activision is folding one of its oldest support studios into Blizzard.

Vicarious Vision Activision was acquired in 2005 and has since worked on various titles such as Guitar Hero, Spider-Man, Tony Hawk, Crash Bandicoot, Destiny, Skylanders and Call of Duty. They asked not to be identified discussing private information. With the studio's pedigree and recent track record in creating high-quality and faithful remakes we wouldn't be surprised to learn this time next month (at BlizzCon) that Vicarious Visions is now remaking Diablo 2 under the rumoured title Diablo II: Resurrection.

Blizzard to absorb Tony Hawk developer Vicarious Visions

No comment was provided on how long the Vicarious Visions team has been working under the Blizzard umbrella or what it is working on. Team 1's latest remake was Warcraft 3: Reforged, which was met with controversy more than anything else when it was released.

Internal documents reviewed by Bloomberg pin the gamut of failures of "poor planning, poor communication, and hasty publication due to financial pressure from management, among other factors". Now it seems that one of the projects that the team will be working on is apparently a remake of Diablo 2. A group at Vicarious Visions is also working on the remake, which was known as Diablo II: Resurrected.

"Diablo II, the sequel to the popular game Diablo, is a dark, fantasy-themed action role-playing game in a hack-and-slash or "dungeon roaming" style". All the members of the team then given the opportunity to give interviews for jobs elsewhere within Blizzard.

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