The folks at Vicarious Visions will soon have to change their digital business card. In 2005, the developer brand and its developers were acquired by Activision employees. In 2008, Acivision merged with Blizzard to form Acivision Blizzard. So why would you, me, or anyone spend a moment thinking about how the developer group that owns Activision Vicarious Visions can fit into Blizzard?
Activision Blizzard is a group name that includes both Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment. Vicarious Visions was acquired by Activision Inc in 2005 – this group is now more precisely called Activision Publishing and operates separately from Blizzard Entertainment – and both live under Activison Blizzard.
Today, Vicarious Visions has moved from Activision to a division of Blizzard Entertainment and then officially incorporated into Blizzard Entertainment. As such, Vicarious Visions is part of Blizzard Entertainment.
The Vicarious Visions team has been responsible for a whole host of Skylanders games over the past decade, including Skylanders: Swap Force (PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One) and Skylanders: SuperChargers.
He has dealt with numerous Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance games over the past two decades and introduced Skylanders: Trap Team in 2014 for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire. In 2016, they shipped Skylanders: Imaginators (Crash Edition) for PlayStation 3 and 4. In 2017, they were tasked with working as a support team for Bungie for Destiny 2 for Windows.
Also in 2017, Vicarious Visions presented Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. In 2020, the crew brought Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
This team is very adept at bringing already developed games to new platforms. They’ve done a lot of the work over the past two decades – and they’re likely to help Blizzard Entertainment do something similar in the near future.
In March 2020, Michael Chu left Blizzard. Chu was a senior writer on Diablo, Warcraft, and Overwatch. In 2017, Blizzard released StarCraft: Remastered, and in 2020, Warcraft III: Reforged. Both were modified versions of their original versions.
There are indications that Blizzard is using the folks at Vicarious Visions to bring classic titles into the future on a variety of platforms. Considering the relative lack of need for new business franchises, it is high time that we saw new versions of the following:
It’s time to bring classic series of titles to platforms like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (or PS5 Digital Edition and Xbox Series S) and rugged gaming platforms. Blizzard isn’t about to let its old games die in peace, especially when they’re all still playable today with the right team at work.
Update: everything is fine. Mobile versions of the classics are very likely to be released in the future thanks to the team at Vicarious Visions. Their years of experience in the field should build up an impressive collection of restyled versions of the classics.