Activision Blizzard developer Vicarious Visions has dropped its name and merged with Blizzard.
Vicarious Visions confirmed today via Twitter that the studio has merged with Blizzard Entertainment. However, the company’s development team is remaining at its location in Albany, New York. Vicarious Visions is most recently known for their work on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2. The new studio is now known as Blizzard Albany.
Vicarious Visions was founded in 1991. The founders are Karthik Bala and Guha Bala. The American video game developer was acquired in January 2005, becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision. Activision merged with Vivendi Games in 2008 to become Activision Blizzard (Vivendi owned Blizzard). In January 2022, Microsoft announced that it was buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion.
The studio is behind the first three Crash Bandicoot Game Boy Advance games as well as several Tony Hawk games on handheld devices. Vicarious Visions also developed Spider-Man (GBC), Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro (PS1), and Doom 3 (Xbox). More recently, they were responsible for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
We've officially merged with Blizzard Entertainment. Our development team will remain in Albany, NY and fully dedicated to Blizzard games. We invite you to follow us @Blizzard_Ent— Vicarious Visions (@VvisionsStudio) April 12, 2022