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Blizzard Acquires Spellbreak Developer Proletariat to Work on World of Warcraft

Blizzard Acquires Spellbreak Developer Proletariat to Work on World of Warcraft - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 29 June 2022 / 1,157 Views

Blizzard Entertainment announced it has acquired Spellbreak developer Proletariat.

Proletariat will become part of Blizzard and its 100 employees will work on the MMORPG, World of Warcraft. The studio also announced the servers for Spellbreak will be shut down in early 2023.

"We are putting players at the forefront of everything we do, and we are working hard to both meet and
exceed their expectations," said Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Ybarra.

"A big part of caring for our teams is making sure we have the resources to produce experiences our communities will love while giving our teams space to explore even more creative opportunities within their projects. Proletariat is a perfect fit for supporting Blizzard’s mission in bringing high-quality content to our players more often."

Blizzard Acquires Spellbreak Developer Proletariat to Work on World of Warcraft

Activision Blizzard studio, Vicarious Visions, in April of this year merged with Blizzard and is fully dedicated to Blizzard games.

Thanks, VentureBeat.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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The Fury (on 29 June 2022)

So they buy out a talented studio and just merge them in? Instead of having funds to support their already on going game or make more games in the future they are now just WoW developers? EDIT: I see they are shutting Spellbreak down. A shame.

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DonFerrari The Fury (on 29 June 2022)

It is a company that basically where only two titles were being looked out CoD on the Activision side (with like 5 or more studios being diverted to doing only it, a portion on the cycle of yearly CoD and the other on supporting the GAAS CoD) and the other one basically only doing WoW most of the time, so nothing unexpected. Let's see if anything will change when MS deal is closed, but since from what we know MS will let they self manage and this company accepted the terms I think they will just be a support studio for WoW.

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CaptainExplosion (on 02 July 2022)

Well this blows, and this is coming from someone who never even played Spellbreak.

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Chazore (on 29 June 2022)

Even thought they made a BR game, it wasn't going to last forever, and on top of that it they were trying to do something semi-new in that mode, but that market is already saturated that it becomes harder to compete against the bigger fish.

Also probably didn't help that they ignored Steam for those 4 years, but I guess in the end they are going to lend their talents to the Dragonflight expansion, which should translate to fun flying with the new Drake mount riding.

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method114 Chazore (on 30 June 2022)

It makes no sense to avoid Steam in FTP game. The money has to be astronomical because otherwise your risk losing relevancy which is way more important than a quick pay day.

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Chazore method114 (on 01 July 2022)

I guess they lost out on that, because even though they had two consoles to sell to and one less popular store, they still got bought up.

I honestly don't think it's a smart idea to just avoid Steam for years, when your fellow competitor devs are selling there while you're selling on a less popular store, just for a tiny cut difference.

Ppl made a big deal about the cut difference back in 2018, but going by the Apple court case documents and the amount of devs selling on Steam, it doesn't seem like the cut difference matters in the long-term, because the devs will still sell more on Steam than they would on EGS.

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DonFerrari (on 29 June 2022)

To buy a whole dev just to keep adding content to WoW isn't something I like. But well probably WoW players will be glad.

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