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Vicarious Visions, Studio Recently Behind Tony Hawk Remakes, Has Been Merged Into Blizzard Entertainment

Will Be "Fully Dedicated To Existing Blizzard Games And Initiatives" Per Report

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Vicarious Visions, the studio recently behind the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 remakes, has been merged into Blizzard Entertainment, per a new report.

Reported first by GamesIndustry.biz, Activision Blizzard has made the decision to merge the game studio with Blizzard Entertainment, effectively adding 200 new employees to Blizzard. The Vicarious Visions team will be "fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives," per a statement made to GamesIndustry.biz.

Vicarious Vision's studio head Jen Oneal has been made Blizzard's executive vice president of development, with Simon Ebejer now heading up the studio head role. 

What this means for Blizzard's games long term and exactly the role Vicarious Visions will play in supporting existing Blizzard titles remains to be seen. We've reached out to our Blizzard rep for comment and clarification on Vicarious Visions' role within Blizzard. We'll update this story with any new information we receive.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore