Blizzard has Acquired the Creators of Spellbreak Battle Royale
The day before yesterday, developer studio Proletariat announced that it was shutting down its Spellbreak battle royale. And now, apparently, it’s becoming part of Blizzard Entertainment.
Proletariat is based in Boston, USA, and consists of about 100 people. All of them are now working on World of Warcraft, including the upcoming addition, Dragonflight. Blizzard hopes that the Proletariat team will help them reach their quality and production speed goals for World of Warcraft expansions with more confidence.
In an interview with VentureBeat, the head of Proletariat says that before the takeover, he discussed the latest scandals surrounding Blizzard with potential new bosses. The team was assured that improvements to the work culture were ongoing-the Proletariat leader praised the changes Blizzard was now striving for.
The Proletariat team includes industry veterans with extensive MMO experience – such as the lead designers of Asheron’s Call, Lord of the Rings Online, and Dungeons & Dragons Online. According to VentureBeat, this purchase will be the largest for Blizzard in at least a decade. Apparently, the recent merger with Vicarious Visions doesn’t count: it was already part of Activision Blizzard and only changed its status within the family.
Proletariat began working on World of Warcraft back in May, but full integration with Blizzard will be completed in a few months. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.