Vicarious Visions will reportedly merge fully with Blizzard, dropping its old name

Activision announced earlier this year that Vicarious Visions, a developer for Blizzard games, would be repositioned in celebration of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2. Polygon has learned that the studio will cease to exist as it merges with Warcraft-maker.

According to Vicarious Visions sources, the name change was announced at yesterday’s town hall. Although no new name has been officially confirmed, many believe the studio will be rebranded under the Blizzard Albany brand, in keeping with its other satellite offices. Staff told Polygon that Visions would still operate under the umbrella of (but not specifically) Blizzard.

Although staff acknowledged that it wasn’t a surprise move, some employees felt blindsided by the fact that it was made in a “light-hearted” meeting. Bizarrely, the announcement was made by management during a Halloween costume day in the studio. Polygon noted that many employees had been dressed up in scary costumes when the news broke.

One employee commented that despite all the talk by the leadership about transparency in the wake of the lawsuit and the resulting fiasco they made, the fact that they chose to blindside everyone with this is about as transparent as it gets.

This refers to Activision Blizzard’s ongoing lawsuit against two government agencies over allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, and discrimination. The publisher tried to stop the lawsuit because of a conflict. However, it is unlikely Activision will cease trying to use the dispute between California’s Department for Employment and Housing and California’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for its benefit.

According to reports, Vicarious Visions leadership told staff that there are no layoffs as part of the merger. Activision also merged Spyro developer Toys for Bob with a Call of Duty support centre. However, it remains to see if the studio will be absorbed by another publisher.

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