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Activision Acquires Vicarious Visions


Activision Acquires Vicarious Visions

Video game developer and publisher Activision Inc. today announced that it has acquired developer Vicarious Visions. The move is intended to strengthen Activision’s next-generation development capabilities by absorbing the team and proprietary technology that produced the top-selling Spider-Man 2 for the Nintendo DS handheld.

In addition to getting its hands on Vicarious Visions’ Alchemy middleware technology, Activision has made a wholly owned subsidiary of the company’s 100-person studio, headquartered in Troy, New York, with offices in Mountain View, Calif. Vicarious Visions’ management team and key employees have signed long-term employment contracts with Activision.

With five million-unit-selling titles under its belt, Vicarious Visions is developing DOOM 3 for the Xbox with id Software and will help Sony launch the PSP (PlayStation Portable) with a version Spider-Man 2 created for the platform. Other popular releases in the studio’s portfolio include the Game Boy Advance titles Shrek 2, Shrek 2: Beg for Mercy, Shark Tale and Tony Hawk’s Underground 2, as well as Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro for PlayStation.

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