Activision has announced that one of their wholly owned studios, Vicarious Visions, will no longer be part of the Activision Publishing division.
The company has revealed that Vicarious Visions will be fully merged into Blizzard Entertainment division of the company effective immediately.
Vicarious Visions has worked on many titles and projects for Activision, including Skylanders, Destiny franchise, supported development of select Call of Duty games, and more. Most recently, the studio developed and released remasters of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2. The studio was listed as a support developer of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
In a statement to GamesIndustry, Blizzard says the studio becomes a “natural fit” after working on several Blizzard projects behind the scenes for the last several years.
“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [Vicarious Visions] to provide long-term support,” a representative explained to us.
It’s not truly clear how long Vicarious has been supporting Blizzard projects.
Vicarious Visions’ studio head Jen Oneal has been promoted to be Executive VP of Development at Blizzard Entertainment as part of the merger. She will report directly to Blizzard President J. Allen Barrack. All 200 Vicarious Vision employees will be part of Blizzard and work on Blizzard projects.
Her role is being replaced by Simon Ebejer, who was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the studio. It’s not clear what projects within Blizzard they are working on. Blizzard has multiple projects in the works, including Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and more.
Activision’s new ‘Activision Mobile’ studio developing new CoD mobile game
A new Activision internal studio has been created focusing on Mobile development.
Activision has established a new internal mobile development studio to create a brand new Call of Duty Mobile title. The new studio is called “Activision Mobile.”
A new job listings on Activision site has revealed that the company has established a new “Activision Mobile” internal development studio that will focus on continuing the company’s push to expand their mobile presence following Call of Duty: Mobile’s success (first spotted by VGC News).
The description of the new internal studio states that Activision Mobile will focus on the publishing operations and live services of Call fo Duty: Mobile, but also expand to partner with development studios on creating a “new AAA Call of Duty mobile game”.
Activision Mobile is an emerging team within Activision Publishing focusing on both publishing and live-operations for Call of Duty Mobile along with our new in-house studio dedicated to the development of AAA mobile titles. Designed around the singular focus of creating the best games in our space, ours is a mobile studio like no other.
The new details in the job listing also states that Activision Mobile is now working on an AAA mobile title in the Call of Duty franchise.
Developing in collaboration with Activision studios around the world, work on a new AAA mobile game in the Call of Duty franchise has begun.
The team has job listings up for a “Producer, Mobile” that says the team’s “first project” is a AAA Call of Duty franchise game.
Activision has not announced what the new “AAA” mobile game will be or how it will connect with the currently existing Call of Duty: Mobile title.
There’s a bunch of rumors about the potential of Call of Duty: Warzone coming to Mobile devices at some point, with job listings and even Activision LinkedIn confirming mentions.
Activision has not officially announced a “Activision Mobile” studio at this time. We’ve reached out for a comment.
How to get free double Battle Pass XP by enabling Call of Duty Two-Factor Authentication
Activision are offering Call of Duty players free Double Pass XP Tokens for enabling Two-Factor Authentication and protecting their account.
Call of Duty players can add an additional, much-needed layer of security to their Activision account by enabling Two-Factor Authentication, and also get some free Double Battle Pass XP Tokens as a reward.
With unified progression across Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone, your Call of Duty account is likely filled with a plethora of valuable cosmetic items. Unfortunately, there are people out there who will try to steal your account, taking away all of your progress and purchased items.
If the worst happens and your account is breached, you can check out our complete guide on how to get your stolen Activision account back, but you should enable Two-Factor Authentication to reduce the risk.
As an incentive to activate Two-Factor Authentication, Activision is offering players two hours worth of Double Battle Pass XP Tokens.
Here’s how to enable 2FA, secure your account, and get some free Double XP Tokens.
How to enable CoD Two-Factor Authentication
- Go to Activision’s Two-Factor Authentication page to start.
- Select ‘Set Up Two-Factor Authentication’
- Log in to your Call of Duty account through your Activision login, or a linked PlayStation, Xbox, Steam, or Battle.net account.
- Download ‘Google Authenticator’ for your phone, available on the App Store or Google Play Store. Or, you can use another authentication app of your choice.
- Press the ‘+’ icon on the top left of the Google Authenticator, and scan the QR code displayed on the page.
- Enter the code in the ‘Google Authenticator’ app to finalize the link.
After you’ve completed the process, be sure to log in to your account one more time just to verify the process was correct.
Once this is done and activated, when you log in to your Activision or Call of Duty account, you will be asked to use the Google Authenticator passcode in addition to your regular password to log in.
After you set up Two-Factor Authentication, you’ll immediately get access to your two, 1-hour 2x Battle Pass XP Tokens. And if you already had 2FA enabled, you’ll receive your Tokens when they roll out on May 28.
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Two Infinity Ward campaign directors depart studio after 7 years
Infinity Ward’s two lead campaign narrative directors, Taylor Kurosaki and Jacob Minkoff, have announced they have left Infinity Ward.
Kurosaki and Minkoff joined Infinity Ward back in August 2014 from Naughty Dog, where the pair were key leads in some of Naughty Dog’s biggest games. Both are credited for working on the Uncharted series for PlayStation, included Uncharted 4.
In a tweet posted on May 27, Kurosaki announced that him and Minkoff have left Infinity Ward “earlier this year.” It’s not clear the exact date for when the pair left the studio.
He says in the tweet that they both got a “rare and exciting new opportunity” to pursue but did not state what their new adventure would be.
Kurosaki and Minkoff were the two key individuals behind the story of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. During our visit to Infinity Ward in 2019, the pair were the first to introduce their vision for bringing a grounded, real story for Modern Warfare.
Infinite Warfare’s campaign was well received as one of the best campaigns in the Call of Duty franchise, and Modern Warfare’s story was also highly appreciated.
Modern Warfare has went on to become one of the best selling Call of Duty games of all time.
What this means for the studio remains to be seen. Infinity Ward is probably well into the development of their next Call of Duty title, which will most likely release in Fall 2022.
Infinity Ward has not commented on who will be taking over the narrative direction of the studio going forward.
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