The studios which made World of Warcraft and the trendy Tony Hawk and Crash Bandicoot remakes at the moment are one and the identical. Activision has introduced that it’s merging Vicarious Visions into Blizzard Entertainment, the place it can help “existing Blizzard games and initiatives”, and now not develop video games by itself.

“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship,” an Activision rep tells GamesIndustry.biz, “Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [Vicarious Visions] to provide long-term support.” Vicarious Visions’ roughly 200 staff will now be half of Blizzard, although the studio itself will stay in New York. VV studio head Jen Oneal will now be government vice chairman of improvement at Blizzard, and former chief working officer Simon Ebejer will take over her position.

Vicarious Visions has traditionally been a help studio at Activision-Blizzard, growing ports and spin-offs of titles in franchises like Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk, and Skylanders. The firm additionally helped deal with the PC port of Destiny 2. More not too long ago, the studio developed the superb Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 remakes.

Rumours struck last year that Vicarious Visions was working with Blizzard on the long-anticipated Diablo 2 remaster, and whereas these rumours are nonetheless unsubstantiated, the notion {that a} studio which has completed so many wonderful remakes in recent times is perhaps engaged on the return of Diablo ought to put just a little hope within the hearts of long-time Blizzard followers. (Especially after the launch of Warcraft 3: Reforged.)

BlizzCon Online is coming in February, which could give us a greater thought of what to anticipate from the newly-integrated Blizzard and Vicarious Visions. And maybe the Diablo 4 release date or Overwatch 2 release date, whereas we’re speaking about issues we would want for.