It was all the way back in January 2021 that Activision Blizzard confirmed Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 studio Vicarious Visions was being permanently merged into Blizzard Entertainment.
This meant that instead of working on the likes of the Crash, Spyro and Tony Hawk franchises, Vicarious Visions would now be "fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives". This announcement was prior to Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, of course, and when the acquisition was announced back in January, multiple Xbox fans took to social media to plead with Microsoft to reverse the decision:
Today, however, Vicarious Visions confirmed that the merger has officially gone through, meaning that "our development team will remain in Albany, NY and fully dedicated to Blizzard games."
There's a belief that Vicarious Visions will actually lose its name as part of the merger (according to a Polygon report from last year), and former Studio Head Jen O'Neal also left the company a few months ago, so it's quite a switch-up.
And of course, today's confirmation has brought out more Xbox fans who are saddened by the news:
Unfortunately for those who are disheartened by the decision, it seems very, very unlikely that Microsoft will simply undo the decision to make Vicarious Visions a Blizzard studio. However, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has indicated he'd like Activision Blizzard to work on some classic franchises, so hopefully Crash, Spyro and Tony Hawk are part of that.
As you can see from the tweets above, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time and Spyro Reignited Trilogy developer Toys for Bob also went through a similar situation recently, after being shifted to work on the Call of Duty franchise back in April of last year. It's unknown what the future holds for that studio, but hopefully the CoD switch isn't a permanent one.
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