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Blizzard Entertainment (2021–present)
Vicarious Visions, Inc. is an American video game developer based in Albany, New York. The studio was acquired by and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision in January 2005.
After releasing its last game as part of Activision Publishing, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 , Vicarious Visions was moved from that division within Activision Blizzard into Blizzard Entertainment on January 22, 2021. As part of that transition, Simon Ebejer became studio head.
The studio was founded by brothers Karthik and Guha Bala in 1991 while they were in high school. [ citation needed ] In January 2005, Vicarious Visions was acquired by publisher Activision. In June 2007, Activision closed the Vicarious Visions' office in Mountain View, California. On April 5, 2016, the Bala brothers announced that they had left the company. The brothers then founded Velan Studios in November 2016.In the late 1990s, Vicarious Visions appointed Michael Marvin, an Albany-based investor and entrepreneur, and founder and former CEO of MapInfo Corporation; and Charles S. Jones, investor, who sat on the boards of various software and industrial companies including Geac and PSDI, to its board of directors. Under their leadership, a sale of the company was negotiated to Activision, earning the original investors over 20x their initial investment.
On January 22, 2021, Vicarious Visions was moved by Activision Blizzard from a subsidiary of Activision to a subsidiary of Blizzard Entertainment. Going forward, the more than 200 employees of Vicarious Visions will be employees of Blizzard.Vicarious had been working with Blizzard for about two years prior to this announcement, and specifically on the planned remaster of Diablo II , Diablo II: Resurrected , and Blizzard felt the move would be best as to have Vicarious' group provide continued support not only on the remaster but also on other Diablo properties including Diablo IV .
Terminus , an online multiplayer space trading and combat simulation game, won two Independent Games Festival Awards in 1999. They became known as a leading developer of handheld games breaking ground by the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, developing Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS titles in the franchise's main series as well as one spin off. They developed the first three Crash Bandicoot GBA games. Vicarious Visions developed Spider-Man , Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro , Ultimate Spider-Man , Crash Nitro Kart , Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast , Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy , and Doom 3 for the Xbox. Vicarious Visions developed for the Guitar Hero series on the Nintendo DS and Wii platforms. For Guitar Hero: On Tour , Vicarious Visions created the "Guitar Grip" peripheral for the Nintendo DS, which emulates the guitar controller for the portable system.
It was revealed on June 10, 2011, that Vicarious Visions was working on the 3DS version of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure .On December 8, 2016, Vicarious Visions announced that they were partnering with Bungie to work on the Destiny franchise.
Vicarious Visions Alchemy is the company's game engine. It was released in 2002. It was originally called Intrinsic Alchemy and developed by Intrinsic Graphics before being renamed after Vicarious Visions acquired Intrinsic Graphics in 2003.
|1996||Synnergist||Microsoft DOS (PC CD-ROM)|
|1997||Dark Angael||Microsoft Windows|
|1999||Zebco Fishing!||Game Boy Color|
|2000||Polaris SnoCross||Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, PlayStation|
|Terminus||Microsoft Windows, MacOS, Linux|
|Spider-Man||Game Boy Color|
|The Wild Thornberrys: Rambler|
|Barbie: Magic Genie Adventure|
|Jimmy White's Cue Ball|
|2001||Wanadoo SnowCross||Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows|
|Rescue Heroes: Fire Frenzy||Game Boy Color|
|Blue's Clues: Blue's Alphabet Book|
|SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula|
|Zoboomafoo: Playtime in Zobooland|
|Kelly Club: Clubhouse Fun|
|Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro|
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2||Game Boy Advance|
|Power Rangers: Time Force|
|Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace|
|2002||Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure|
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3|
|Frogger Advance: The Great Quest|
|SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman|
|The Powerpuff Girls: Him and Seek|
|Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4||Game Boy Advance, PlayStation|
|Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast||GameCube, Xbox|
|Whiteout||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox|
|2003||The Muppets: On With The Show!||Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows|
|Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced||Game Boy Advance|
|Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend|
|X2: Wolverine's Revenge|
|Jet Set Radio|
|Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure|
|Disney's The Lion King 1½|
|Tony Hawk's Underground|
|SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom|
|Disney's Brother Bear|
|Crash Nitro Kart||Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, N-Gage|
|Spy Muppets: License to Croak||Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows|
|Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy||Xbox|
|Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock|
|Shrek 2||Game Boy Advance|
|Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage and Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy|
|Tony Hawk's Underground 2|
|That's So Raven|
|Shrek 2: Beg For Mercy!|
|Codename: Kids Next Door – Operation: S.O.D.A.|
|Spider-Man 2||Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable|
|Madagascar: Operation Penguin||Game Boy Advance|
|X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse||PlayStation Portable|
|Madagascar||Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS|
|Tony Hawk's American Sk8land|
|2006||Over the Hedge|
|Over the Hedge: Hammy Goes Nuts||Game Boy Advance|
|Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam||Nintendo DS|
|Marvel: Ultimate Alliance||PlayStation Portable, Wii|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii|
|Shrek the Third||Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS|
|Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock||Wii|
|Transformers: Decepticons||Nintendo DS|
|Tony Hawk's Proving Ground|
|Bee Movie Game|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda|
|Guitar Hero: On Tour|
|007: Quantum of Solace|
|Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades|
|Guitar Hero: Aerosmith||Wii|
|Guitar Hero World Tour|
|2009||Guitar Hero 5|
|Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|Band Hero||Nintendo DS, Wii|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Decepticons||Nintendo DS|
|Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Autobots|
|Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits|
|2010||Transformers War for Cybertron: Decepticons|
|Transformers War for Cybertron: Autobots|
|Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock||Wii|
|2011||Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure||Nintendo 3DS|
|2012||Skylanders: Cloud Patrol||iOS, Android, Kindle Fire|
|Skylanders: Lost Islands||iOS, Android|
|Skylanders: Giants||Wii U|
|2013||Skylanders: Swap Force||PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
|2014||Skylanders: Trap Team||iOS, Android, Kindle Fire|
|2015||Skylanders: SuperChargers||PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, iOS|
|2016||Skylanders: Imaginators (Crash Edition)||PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4|
|2017||Destiny 2 (as a support team for Bungie)||Microsoft Windows|
|Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC|
|2020||Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2||PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch|
|2021||Diablo II: Resurrected||PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC|
|2000||AMF Xtreme Bowling||Game Boy Color|
|VR Sports Powerboat Racing|
|2001||Sea-Doo Hydrocross||Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, N64|
|2008||Call of Duty: Roman Wars||Microsoft Windows, PS3, Xbox 360|
|2010||DJ Hero 3D||3DS|
|2011||Guitar Hero 7||PS3, Xbox 360, Wii|
|2012||Untitled Crash Bandicoot game|
|2017||Untitled Skylanders game||PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Switch, Wii U|
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