Video game developer and publisher Activision Inc. today announced that it has acquired developer Vicarious Visions. The move is intended to strengthen Activisions 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 companys 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 studios 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.