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 Jan 20, 2005 - 04:00 PM - by Michael
* Activision acquires Vicarious

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Activision has absorbed Vicarious Visions, the guys who were doing the Xbox port of Doom 3 for them.

Kathy Vrabeck, President of Activision Publishing, said, "Vicarious Visions' talented development team and proprietary technology combined with our internal systems and capabilities will play a key role in Activision's continued leadership on the next-generation platforms. Vicarious Visions has a track record of success and we are very excited to partner with them."

Under the terms of the agreement, Vicarious Visions' 100-person studio, headquartered in Troy, NY, with offices in Mountain View, CA, has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision. As part of the transaction, Vicarious Visions' management team and key employees have signed long-term employment contracts with Activision.
Despite my usual worries about industry consolidation, this doesn't seem too bad to me. I remember the first Vicarious Visions titles. Since they've partnered with Activision in recent years, their games have gotten better, so formalizing it isn't bad.
 

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