Tony Hawk's Pro Skater  1+2 and Crash N.Sane Studio Vicarious Visions Ceases To Be As it Merges With Blizzard

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 and Crash N.Sane Studio Vicarious Visions Ceases To Be As it Merges With Blizzard

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Richard Walker

Vicarious Visions, the studio behind the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, has today closed down, having completed its merger with Overwatch maker, Blizzard Entertainment.

“We’ve officially merged with Blizzard Entertainment,” the developer tweeted earlier today. "Our development team will remain in Albany, NY and fully dedicated to Blizzard games. We invite you to follow us @Blizzard_Ent.”

Approximately 200 staff at Vicarious Visions will now form a part of Blizzard Entertainment, "fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives,” the company told GamesIndustry.biz (via VGC). Presumably, this includes the likes of Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV.

For more than three decades, Vicarious Visions had specialised in ports and remasters, with Crash N. Sane Trilogy and THPS 1+2 showcasing what the studio can do with older IP. Over the years, it also worked on franchises like Call of Duty and Guitar Hero, as well as entries in series like Spider-Man, Tony Hawk's Underground, and many more for Activision, before being acquired in 2005.

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  • This is a sad day. A great developer that made great games just evaporated.
  • Hopefully when Microsoft has Activision Blizzard they fix this foolishness
  • No better time for them to get to work on a new Guitar Hero. It's been long enough!
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