Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report

Jason Schreier reports on Bloomberg (may require registration or subscription) that Vicarious Visions is working on the long rumored remake of Diablo II. This follows yesterday's news that the studio is now part of Blizzard and "fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives." According to the new story, the game was being handled by Blizzard's Team 1, an internal studio responsible for the poorly received Warcraft III: Reforged. But according to Bloomberg, that team has been dismantled, and the Diablo II remake is in the hands of the Diablo IV team and Vicarious Visions:
Team 1 wanted to avoid repeating the mistakes of Warcraft III: Reforged on its next project, the remake of Diablo II. Shortly after the postmortem, however, Blizzard pulled that project from the team and put the division behind Diablo IV in charge. A group at Vicarious Visions is also working on the remake, which was known as Diablo II: Resurrected.

On Oct. 15, 2020, Blizzard informed members of Team 1 that it was reorganizing the entire division, according to the people who worked on Warcraft III: Reforged. In the following weeks, members of the team were given opportunities to interview for jobs elsewhere within Blizzard. Those who did not find positions in the company were gradually cut. Others left for independent studios recently started by high-profile company veterans, such as Frost Giant Inc. and DreamHaven Inc., started by Blizzard co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer Mike Morhaime, whose departure widely signaled the beginning of Activision's takeover.
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Re: Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report
Jan 24, 2021, 12:24
Re: Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report Jan 24, 2021, 12:24
Jan 24, 2021, 12:24
bigspender wrote on Jan 23, 2021, 21:00:
Rhialto wrote on Jan 23, 2021, 19:55:
If they actually start from Diablo II and make use of todays tools to pimp it then I'm all for it.

I'm sure they are fully aware of the risks and that they must not fail to impress so I'll sleep on that for now.

This news to me sounds like d2 remake will utilise the diablo 4 engine and alter the code to put in diablo 2 gameplay, and new diablo 2 art assets. So it wil effectively be a mod or for d4. Which is a good thing because d4 is looking solid so it'll be a good foundation. Why reinevt tge wheel?:)

For me though, I think I'd have a tough time enjoying & d2's one spell at a time. But then again I'd still give it try.

I highly doubt they're going to use the D4 engine but if they do, that would be interesting... I was thinking it'll retain it's sprite based look but at a higher HD look and obviously supporting all new resolutions considering the original could only hit 800by600 max. Think of the Starcraft HD that went from sprite based to a sharper HD display. Then they'll also tweak the interface to make it more modernized/friendly. I think dumping the entire game into the D4 engine is a huge task in itself because D2 was a huge game lets not forget. It would be like writing an entire game again if they did that.
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