From 1991 to 2021, Vicarious Visions is the name of a studio that released a ton of pretty cool licensed games, but which also contributed to the beloved Tony Hawk, professional figure skater series. Then Activision stepped in and made some changes.
In January 2021, having simply released a remake Tony Hawk, professional figure skater 1+2, Activision announced that developers were merged into Blizzardand will be also get name changeeffectively killing the studio as we knew it.
I said then: “This sucks!”but it’s even shitty more now due to statements – from someone who would know – that the developers planned to redo the processing of the remake with Tony Hawk, professional 3+4 figure skater.
On a recent stream by Neversoft and Veteran Vicarious endiTHPS Tony Hawk himself was there for an interview and casually mentioned that up until the moment THPS 1+2 release, the “plan” was to move on and release an updated set CHPP 3+4.
I mean it was the plan, you know, even before the release date [THPS1+2] we switched to 3 + 4, and then somehow absorbed Vicarious, began to look for other developers, and that was it.
We have no idea how far this plan has progressed. May be CHPP 3+4 was nothing more than a marker on the board, something the team wanted to start on next but never got a chance to (although we contacted Activision to see if they could provide more information). So we also have no idea how diligently Activision was looking for “other developers” (none of whom could apparently be “trusted” like Vicarious, even when asked to suggest ideas for Tony Hawk project), or who these other studios were, as it seems that everyone in the company either does Call of Duty or Blizzard games. Whatever the facts, like I said above, it sucks!
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