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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater: The license in jeopardy? New at Vicarious Visions

Game News Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater: The license in jeopardy? New at Vicarious Visions

On January 22, 2021, Blizzard announced that Vicarious Visions, the studio behind Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, was now a studio “entirely devoted to Blizzard games and initiatives”. Today we learn that the development house is no more.

Vicarious Visions is no more, long live Vicarious Visions

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater: The license in jeopardy?  New at Vicarious Visions

After nearly 15 years working with Activision Publishing on such titles as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2and then joined Blizzard Entertainment to make up for it Diablo II: Resurrected, we learn today that Vicarious Visions is no more. In reality, the developer will no longer be making games as a lead developer, but will be solely a support studio in the future.

The news was shared today on the studio’s Twitter account. On the latter, Vicarious Visions announces that their team has completely merged with that of Blizzard Entertainment to be able to fully focus on Blizzard productions.

We have officially merged with Blizzard Entertainment. Our development team will remain in Albany and will focus entirely on Blizzard games. We invite you to follow Blizzard_Ent.

The last line of the tweet, which is “We invite you to follow Blizzard_Ent.” simultaneously indicates that the Vicarious Visions Twitter page will be abandoned in favor of the official Blizzard Studios page. Please note, however, that despite this merger, the 200 employees of (formerly) Vicarious Visions will retain their Albany, New York, premises.

After working with Vicarious Visions for a while and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for Vicarious Visions to provide long-term support. Blizzard spokesperson

We then imagine that these 200 employees will now help with the many productions that are in development within Blizzard, starting with Diablo IV or Overwatch 2

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What future for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater license?

With this news, the future of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater license is uncertain. Note, however, that many Activision studios have already worked on this saga born in 1999; in addition to Neversoft, the creators of the franchise, there was notably Toys for Bob or Robomodo. This means that there is a good chance that the license will come into new hands, although nothing is known about it yet.

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