Back in January it was announced that Vicarious Visions, the studio that was recognized for its work on the Tony Hawk Remakes and a library of excellent licensed games, would merge with Blizzard. Now it turned out that this company move means that the developer also changes his name.
As Polygon report, Deputy Employees “initially had the impression that their employer would continue to operate as their own studio as a result of the merger, ”an understandable assumption, since the brand name iso synonymous with so many great games.
But during At a town hall meeting on Wednesday morning, employees were told that as part of the merger, the name Vicarious Visions – which has existed since the studio was founded 30 years ago– should be removed. What it’s changed into hasn’t been announced, but with Blizzard naming pretty much every studio after the city it’s located in, Blizzard Albany seems as good as any other guess.
That sucks! This is a traditional, experienced development studio whose name is well known and brings back all sorts of fond memories. Just last year I wrote a whole thing about their GBA ports that made us unique and popular Versions of Jet set radio and Tony Hawk Pro Skater that we as civilization just not earned.
Of course the change isn’t a surprise
On the other hand, if you are at Activision Bl. have workedizzard and concern for branding, Maybe you have more important things than Extinguish the name of a studio that people loved 30 years.