Diablo II remaster reportedly coming later in 2020
We might be getting a remaster for one of Blizzard's classic titles.
What you need to know
- According to Actugaming, a Diablo II remaster is in development.
- This remaster will reportedly arrive later in 2020.
- Earlier in 2020, Activision Blizzard announced it had multiple "remastered or reimagined" games in development.
- Diablo 4, which was announced at BlizzCon 2019, does not have a release window.
Diablo II is one of the most critically-acclaimed, successful games ever from Blizzard Entertainment, to the point that the upcoming Diablo 4 appears to be going back to Diablo II's Gothic, horror-focused roots. Players may be getting another chance to go back to that chilling world, as according to French website Actugaming, a Diablo II remaster titled Diablo II Resurrected is in development, with plans to release it later in 2020.
Furthermore, this remaster is purportedly being developed by Vicarious Visions, the Activision-owned studio that developed the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. Earlier this year, when Activision Blizzard shared its Q4 financial report, the company noted that it had multiple "remastered or reimagined" games that were in development and would be announced later in 2020.
We'll have to wait and see if this is announced. If it is, it'll be interesting to see the approach taken given the incredibly poor reception of Warcraft III: Reforged due to numerous bugs and feature omissions.
Diablo 4 still does not have a release date or even a release window, with the February quarterly update showing several elements of design that are still in question. We'll continue to provide updates on this rumored Diablo II remaster and Diablo 4 as more information is released.
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Do we need this? Where is the line drawn with remaster? Personally I think the WC3 remaster was awful, mainly in that it doesn't really being anything new.
I don't share the fond memories of Diablo 2 that many others have. I remember I could incinerate everything including Diablo by spamming Flame Wave. It was one of the easiest games I've ever played.
There is no flame wave skill in diablo 2, only fire wall (which to be fair is slightly op but everything is much better balanced with expansion + patches). Its just 1 skill though, why not just play an other build than?
Why do they insist on re-mastering everything rather than produce compelling new games. Get on with a good new Diablo sequel that is tough and based on a good story... That was what Blizzard was about.
To be fair, Diablo IV is coming, but it seems like since it's going to be a bit before that game is done, they want to provide a remaster of the second game. As long as there's attention to detail and care put into it (which is a MASSIVE if) then I'm okay with it.
I'm pretty confident that they won't.