Vicarious Visions CA shop shuttered

Activision confirms closure of New York developer's West Coast offshoot, says majority of employees will stay with company.

Activision is focusing its Vicarious Visions. As reported by Gamasutra, the publisher has shuttered the New York studio's Mountain View, California, branch.

Speaking with GameSpot, Activision vice president of corporate communications Maryanne Lataif confirmed the news, explaining that the decision was made to refocus the operation's efforts on the East Coast. Lataif said there were "less than 25" people at the studio. She added that contrary to the Gamasutra report, the majority of the employees will be moved to Vicarious Visions' New York offices, or other Activision studios.

Vicarious Visions' West Coast operation was primarily a support house that worked on the studio's Alchemy middleware and tools technology, although it also contributed to some game-specific development.

Vicarious Visions has specialized in portable games, although it also has experience with high-profile console games, having developed the Xbox versions of Doom 3 and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Most recently it developed the Wii, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS editions of Spider-Man 3, as well as the GBA and DS editions of Shrek the Third.

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Agreb91
Agreb91

Well it is good to hear that the employees get to keep their job.

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

Relocated??? Yo those guys deserve to be shot for the way they butchered Spiderman 3. Bow down and kiss Treyarch's @$$ vicarious visions!!!!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

at least most of the employees get to keep a job.

anamnawshad
anamnawshad

I haven't played any Spider-Man games. I've seen other people playing some of them and I think they are not great games....

smoothn00dle
smoothn00dle

that is a sign that Sony will take the Spiderman franchise back and make it exclusive 4 PS3. U bet on *v*

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

"Activision is focusing its Vicarious Visions." LOL! That actually gave me a long, repeated hearty chuckle! Thank you very much, Brendan!

rickshao
rickshao

With the kind of "quality" games they pump out, they deserve to be closed!

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

I haven't played too much of the Spider Man 3 but we all know that movies turned video games don't do well. But given the chance, Vicarious Visions could make a new, creative, and fun portable game.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Bummer, Maybe there is still hope for a Crash Bandicoot for next gen consoles.

Kaizen4
Kaizen4

Yeah, so Spiderman 3 may have hit a bum note. But the DS & GBA versions of the Tony Hawks games have been really impressive ports.

marvster21
marvster21

the wii version of spiderman 3 was so crap i hope they dont make it for psp cuz it'll be crap as well

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

I really can tell your right now, I don't care. Vicarious Visions hasn't made any good games that I can think of. I mean Spider Man 3 and portable versions of Shrek the Third... That's not such a good track record, seeing the reviews those games got.

zinkeboy
zinkeboy

Spidy 3 was not a big succes monco It did moderately well and got pretty mediocre reviews. Moderately well is lackluster considering the advertising money they put into that game and the hype surrounding the movie (which had the highest opening weekend gross ever). Yeah, it did okay. But the producers probably wanted this game to do phenominal. The way spiderman 2 did on consoles.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

They didn't do too well with Spiderman 3. At least for the consoles.

CidStormwind
CidStormwind

stuttering gameplay, crappy graphics, you name it.

monco59
monco59

How exactly was Spiderman 3 a fiasco? Correct me if I'm wrong (I'm not), but the game enjoyed significant success on multiple platforms and enjoyed the top spot on various sales charts around the globe. Hardly a fiasco, eh SirSpudly?

wwonka666
wwonka666

Agreed Kungphooey, Spider-Man 3 was horrible. Luckily I bought a used copy and was able to return it to Gamestop for full credit.

SirSpudly
SirSpudly

This is definetely part of the fallout of the Spiderman 3 fiasco that has Activision in a fit. Notice how this was the warehouse that developed the shoddy infrastructure for these recent games. Smart move on Activision to rid themselves of such inferior equipment for higher quality production materials.

kungphooey
kungphooey

maybe they should focus on not *&^%ing up move tie in games insted.