Rob Gallerani (the principal designer) and Kevin Todisco (the lead graphics engineer) claim we won’t have issues with the updated Diablo II’s performance.
“I think it’s running like butter. I like playing it in the undocked portable mode. But yeah, with all of our consoles, we built them for that experience. We didn’t want it to feel like we just ported a PC game to the console. We wanted it to be what was right for that console. We’ve considered many things with the Switch, especially if you play it in portable mode. Everything is a lot tinier. Just the overall attention to things like, how big is the font? How are things laid out on the screen? Those are all things that had to cater to that device to play up its strengths,” Gallerani said in a new interview with VentureBeat.
“Same goes for a lot of the 3D visuals. It’s tailoring the experience for that smaller screen, the handheld screen that can be swapped out for a larger screen if you dock the console. We make sure that we tailor the technology to give the best experience on that particular platform with every platform. The Switch version is very good. I think people are going to enjoy it, being able to take it on the go for the first time,” Todisco added.
He also talked about the native PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series ports: “It’s all about pretty graphics. We want them to look the best they possibly can, represent those platforms, and perform likewise. I think people are going to be happy with the next-gen versions of the game, giving them the best visual experience we can give them.”
Gallerani mentioned the Activision Blizzard lawsuit to Axios “It was very troubling to hear these types of things, and we wanted to support our colleagues and our co-workers.” He says that those who consider purchasing Diablo II: Resurrected should “do what they feel is right,” even if Blizzard modified the female Amazon warriors (who “rolled out of a nightclub”) to make them indeed look like warriors. Gallerani added that the team has been self-reflecting since the lawsuit was made public: “We heard a lot of really positive things, but I don’t think that we ever get a pass on that. We always need to keep asking.”
Diablo II: Resurrected will launch on September 23 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.