I'm going to guess that Blizzard isn't planning on putting Tony Hawk into one of it's existing IPs to let them continue making skating games for them. At least we got 1+2 I guess? Maybe Activision hires Toys for Bob to do the next one...
Vicarious Visions merged into Blizzard
That seems like a weird merger overall. I still think of Vicarious Visions as being a studio that does a lot of port/remake work. But hey, I guess somebody has to do that Overwatch port on the Switch, and now with VV being internal there is more direct communication I guess?
Either that or they’re just trying to slow down the Blizzard brain drain, as that studio rapidly becomes a gutless shadow of its former self.
VV made one of the most popular games of last year & blizzard hasn't released a game in almost 5. Seriously, what am I missing here?
Three WoW expansions
Heroes of the Storm
Warcraft III: Reforged
Howevermuch Hearthstone content you want to include
Currently announced/in developement:
Howevermany WoW expansions
Howevermuch Hearthstone content
Howevermuch Heroes of the Storm content
There's also the Diablo 2 remaster that they've been putting up job postings for over the last several years, and given the way the WC3 remaster was received (not well), they could probably use some help from a studio with a good remaster track record, if nothing else
@effache: Because Blizzard is still Blizzard, in name. It has way more cachet from that than VV no matter how good a game they made. Someone looking at the books probably figures it'll be way more valuable long term if they feed them to Blizzard and Overwatch 2, or whatever it ends up being.
This is just the business of games in 2021. The live services stuff that Blizzard makes produce more money than any projects that Vicarious Visions could possibly make. Even if a Tony Hawk remake sells 5 million copies that's like $200 million in revenue (from which you have to subtract the development, retail, and licensing costs) which is far less than a Blizzard live services game like WOW or Overwatch makes in a year.
If we don't get another Tony Hawk game it will be for the same reason we never got single player DLC for Grand Theft Auto V. It's not because it wouldn't be profitable, it's because it wouldn't be absurdly ridiculously comically profitable, and Activision's priority is the projects that are absurdly profitable.
It's a bummer, but VV was a support studio for Destiny when that franchise was still under Activision, so they do have some history of being in that role.
FWIW, VV did good work on Destiny and Bungie was very complementary of the help they provided. The Warmind expansion and the Tangled Shore location have both been attributed largely to VV.
Update from Jason Schreier:
Blizzard said today that it's absorbing Vicarious Visions. What it didn't say:— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 22, 2021
- VV has been working on a Diablo II remake
- Team 1, Blizzard's "classic team," was quietly dismantled last fall
New from me, including some insight on WC3 Reforged: https://t.co/VGczypoBPi
Blizzard's Team 1 was responsible for StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft Remastered, and Warcraft 3 Reforged (which was the product of -- surprise! -- unrealistic deadlines created by financial pressures). Its next project was going to be the Diablo 2 remake.— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 22, 2021
So it is, indeed, the case that they'll be working on the D2 remaster.
This is such sad news. VV deserve so much better. Tony Hawk 1 + 2 was one of the few proper good things to come out of last year and I was hoping for more.
I don't even know what to say about Blizzard anymore. Something has gone very, very wrong there in the last 4 years or so. StarCraft Remastered was fantastic but then since that they've been noticeably off their game. Someone there has been making some pretty consistently awful business decisions for a while now.
@ben_h: My guess on that "something" is Mike Morhaime leaving. I always got the impression that he acted as a bit of a bulwark between Blizzard and Activision proper. Before he left there were still departures and drama (Chris Metzen retiring and whatever went on behind the scenes during Warlords of Draenor, for instance), but after it seems like the developer exodus and creative/business nonsense went into overdrive.
Been waiting for this D2 remaster forever. Wasn't sure if they'd find a way to screw it up but hopefully this is a good thing. "Hey, you did super well bringing this other game back, now please help do the same for D2"
..because D2 is one of the best games ever made. And it'd be a honor and terrifying to work on that.
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