Vicarious Visions, the studio responsible for the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, has been merged into Blizzard by Activision and can be used for Diablo 2 remakes.
Activision Blizzard confirmed the merger with GI.biz and pointed out Alternative vision A team of approximately 200 employees will now work for Blizzard and will be “fully committed to existing Blizzard games and plans.”
This means that in terms of game creation, the studio will no longer be the lead developer.
“After working with Vicarious Visions for a while and establishing a good relationship, Blizzard realized [Vicarious Visions] Provide long-term support. “A representative told GI.biz.
Activision Blizzard did not disclose what the team has been doing, but a Bloomberg report may have clarified this point.
According to the report, since 2020, Vicarious Visions has been cooperating with Blizzard to develop the franchise of “Diablo”, especially the replica of “Diablo 2”.
The report pointed out that the remake was originally developed by Blizzard’s Team 1, the team responsible for “Warcraft 3: Recast.” Due to malfunctions and missing features, the game was not as successful as expected.
In order to avoid repeating the same mistakes, the team withdrew from the remake of “Diablo 2” and handed over to the “Diablo 4” team. Then, the company introduced Vicarious Visions to help with the remake, which is “Diablo 2: Resurrection”.
A Blizzard spokesperson declined to comment on Vicarious Visions’ current submission to Bloomberg, saying only that the studio “has been supporting Blizzard for some time.”
Vicarious Visions was acquired by Activision in 2005 and has worked on games such as Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk, Crash Bandicoot, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Skylanders, and served as the support team for Bungie on Destiny 2.