Activision Blizzard has today told GamesIndustry.biz that it has merged Vicarious Visions into Blizzard Entertainment, meaning the developer will now be "fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives".
The move means you can kiss the idea of Vicarious Visions leading development on a Tony Hawk sequel goodbye, as all 200-ish members of the team will now be employees of Blizzard moving forward.
Here's what a representative had to say about the decision:
"After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [Vicarious Visions] to provide long-term support."
Vicarious Visions most recently developed the wildly successful Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 remasters, and now could be put to work on anything from Overwatch to Diablo.
As part of the merge, Vicarious Visions studio head Jen Oneal has been promoted to Blizzard executive vice president of development, with former chief operating officer Simon Ebejer taking the studio head role in her place.
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