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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Jan 25, 2021, 03:08
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Re: Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report Jan 25, 2021, 03:08
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Jivaro wrote on Jan 23, 2021, 18:12:
I'll give it a go. Some remakes hit the nail on the head, some don't, but the original was good enough to check out a modern rework.

Blizzard attempting to give a very vocal portion of their fans what they have literally been begging for hardly seems worthy of complaint.

This, pretty much.
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Jan 25, 2021, 02:23
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Re: Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report Jan 25, 2021, 02:23
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Cram wrote on Jan 24, 2021, 18:43:
Theo wrote on Jan 24, 2021, 16:18:
bigspender wrote on Jan 23, 2021, 21:00:
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.

Sorry what do you mean? 1 spell at a time?

iirc - You have to manually change skills before you can use them at all, for example manually having to press F1-F8 to access whatever skills you have bound to those buttons, then you can use "right-click" that skill.
You have Fireball bound to F1, Teleport to F2. You have to press F1 to select Fireball, if not already selected, then you can use it (right click), to teleport you then have to press F2 to select teleport then you can use it (right click). By today's standards that god awful.

Where-as in other games, like PoE and Diablo 3, you can have however many active skills allowed bound to whatever mouse/keyboard button you want and only have to press that button to actually "use" the skill.

What a fantastically precise and thorough explanation. Reference point for the future. GJ, Cram.
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Jan 24, 2021, 18:43
Cram
 
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Jan 24, 2021, 18:43
 Cram
 
Theo wrote on Jan 24, 2021, 16:18:
bigspender wrote on Jan 23, 2021, 21:00:
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.

Sorry what do you mean? 1 spell at a time?

iirc - You have to manually change skills before you can use them at all, for example manually having to press F1-F8 to access whatever skills you have bound to those buttons, then you can use "right-click" that skill.
You have Fireball bound to F1, Teleport to F2. You have to press F1 to select Fireball, if not already selected, then you can use it (right click), to teleport you then have to press F2 to select teleport then you can use it (right click). By today's standards that god awful.

Where-as in other games, like PoE and Diablo 3, you can have however many active skills allowed bound to whatever mouse/keyboard button you want and only have to press that button to actually "use" the skill.
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Jan 24, 2021, 16:18
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Re: Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report Jan 24, 2021, 16:18
Jan 24, 2021, 16:18
 
bigspender wrote on Jan 23, 2021, 21:00:
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.

Sorry what do you mean? 1 spell at a time?
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Jan 24, 2021, 15:50
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Re: Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report Jan 24, 2021, 15:50
Jan 24, 2021, 15:50
 
Blizzard: New things? Psssh. Fuck that. Live off of recycling a time when we were great for as long as we can, fam.
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Jan 24, 2021, 14:42
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Jan 24, 2021, 14:42
 MattyC
 
640x480, the expansion added 800x600.

It didn’t matter as much because the way CRTs worked though.
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Jan 24, 2021, 12:24
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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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Jan 23, 2021, 21:00
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Re: Vicarious Visions Working on Diablo II Remake: Report Jan 23, 2021, 21:00
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.
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Jan 23, 2021, 19:56
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Jan 23, 2021, 19:56
 
Did they ever fix up Warcraft 3:Reforged, or is it still terrible?

Also, it'll be interesting to see how quickly the nostalgia glasses come off, once this Diablo 2 remake actually gets released.
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Jan 23, 2021, 19:55
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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.
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Jan 23, 2021, 18:28
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Jan 23, 2021, 18:28
 
It's a shame it took Warcraft 3 Reforged to realize they shouldn't just pump and dump a remake. Hopefully they've taken notes on what worked and what to absolutely not do like rolling both clients together and just looking for an easy cash grab.
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Jan 23, 2021, 18:12
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 Jivaro
 
I'll give it a go. Some remakes hit the nail on the head, some don't, but the original was good enough to check out a modern rework.

Blizzard attempting to give a very vocal portion of their fans what they have literally been begging for hardly seems worthy of complaint.
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Jan 23, 2021, 17:59
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Jan 23, 2021, 17:59
 
This will just be a diablo 4 mod by the sounda of it. Which is fine, d4 is looking nice so far.

Personally I could not go back to using one spell at a time...
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Jan 23, 2021, 17:19
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I need to pay again for a 20 years old game.... while I can play PoE for free (i did put some $$ for extra storage) with many expansions that made the game feel new and different.
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Jan 23, 2021, 17:12
 
I wonder if they've reworked the save system. I never finished that game since I was screwed by the save implementation.
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Jan 23, 2021, 16:39
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Is there going to be skateboarding in it?
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