Without David Brevik, Erich Schaefer, and Max Schaefer, we wouldn’t have Diablo. They have… a pretty harsh opinion of the modern Blizzard.
„The old Blizzard is gone. When we quit, there was like 180 employees total. There are thousands now. The whole empire is different, and Activision didn’t have any influence. […] Now [Blizzard is] a video game empire that has to appease shareholders and all that sort of stuff. You can’t be that big and be as free-wheeling as we were, and one of the reasons we left was to be more self-deterministic and not be beholden to some monstrous organization,” Max Schaefer told PCGamer.
„Sometimes you wake up in the morning and you’re in a no-win situation, and I think that, to some extent, that’s what happened with [Blizzard]. There was no clean way out. And I think they kind of bungled it, obviously, but there was no way they were getting through that without some controversy. Because of the structure of Blizzard now they think with their wallets first, and I think that kind of led the decision making more than anything, and they’d maybe underestimated what people’s perception of that would be,” he added. With this comment, he also disapproved of the Blitzchung scandal that Blizzard created.
The trio, who were out at ExileCon, also told GameSpot that it’d be near impossible for Blizzard to create a Diablo II Remaster, as the code and most of the assets have been corrupted late in the development. (Never forget to save, save, and save! Also, backup, backup, and backup!) „I had a big chunk of it. Went home, pulled out the hard drive or whatever we did back then. Spent a few days reconstructing it, which ended up working fine, except that we lost all the history. We lost a lot of the assets, art assets. It would make it very difficult for Blizzard to do a Diablo 2 Remaster because all the assets we used are pretty much gone. They’d have to make them from scratch,” Schaefer said.
We now know why Diablo IV is following II’s style: because they can’t remake II without the old assets that easily…
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