Diablo II’s remaster has been a rumour many times – but perhaps for a good reason.
Actugaming, a French website, reports about Diablo II’s remaster, which would be called Diablo II Resurrected. The game is allegedly in development at Vicarious Visions, who has worked on Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, which was a big hit on the PlayStation 4 in 2017, and on PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch a year later, respectively.
It seems the pace of the development could decide when Diablo II Resurrected could be announced. In a good scenario, it would happen during Summer Game Fest (May-August window), but if (Activision) Blizzard wants to make us slightly annoyed, then they’d wait until BlizzCon, and there, they could drop a surprise release date on us, too. However, they might have internally decided about when the remaster would launch – their target would be the last quarter of 2020, covering the October-December window. As BlizzCon is in November, the game could be arriving in December.
Actugaming has been reliable with two previous Blizzard games, namely Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 – the reporter who wrote about these games before their official confirmation has been behind Diablo II Resurrected, too. (And these two games haven’t been mentioned for nearly half a year now. It’s about time to talk about them.)
In November, we wrote that Diablo II’s original assets (textures, program code, etc…) have been lost, according to the creators of the Diablo series, namely Schaefer, Erich Schaefer, and David Brevik. Thus, a remaster would require the devs to start from scratch, as they have nothing else to rely on. Perhaps this is what Vicarious Visions is doing?
As always, take it with a grain of salt, as this is not confirmed at the moment.
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