Blizzard Entertainment is acquiring Proletariat, a studio centered in Boston, which will work on World of Warcraft moving forward. This is to help meet the “voracious appetite” players have for new content. Of course, this is all happening while Blizzard itself is being purchased by Microsoft.
The deal was first revealed to VentureBeat, where it’s learned that Proletariat’s 100 developers will contribute to the development of WoW, including the Dragonflight expansion that’s supposed to be out this year. Proletariat’s latest title, Spellbreak, is shuttering for good.
Proletariat’s acquisition is just the latest studio expansion for Blizzard, as the Activision studio Vicarious Visions was recently brought into the Blizzard group to help with the Diablo series.
General manager of WoW, John Hight, gave a statement regarding the acquisition.
“As you probably are aware, folks in World of Warcraft have a voracious appetite for content,” Hight stated. “And what we’ve seen over the last year is that we need to increase the amount of content that we can create, and the frequency with which we’re putting it in the hands of our players.”
Blizzard, and parent company Activision Blizzard, has been in the news for quite some time over reports of sexual discrimination, as well as other corporate problems. Proletariat CEO Seth Sivak said the team had a very kind and open and transparent conversation” about these issues before the acquisition was agreed upon.
“In some of the earliest conversations, we discussed just how they were looking at continuing to improve the culture and continuing to make a great place for developers to work,” he said. “That was encouraging. Obviously, there is a lot of work to be done to continue to make an awesome place for developers to work. But we were pretty happy and satisfied with the direction that teams are going.”