It looks like there is plenty of Diablo news being planned by Blizzard for the coming months. And one of the biggest rumours right now is that a Diablo 2 Remaster is in development. Reportedly called Diablo 2 Resurrected, the new project is allegedly under the charge of Vicarious Visions.
This is the same development team that brought Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy to multiple platforms and won plenty of plaudits.
According to a new report from Actugaming, Diablo 2 Resurrected has a release date set for the final quarter of 2020.
The report adds that a delay is possible due to the current world situation and it’s unclear when this new Diablo will be announced.
As always, this new report should be taken with a pinch of salt, although there seems no reason to doubt the chance of Diablo 2 Remaster.
Even though it would prove more difficult than others in Blizzard’s back catalogue to create, there would certainly be a lot of interest in such a project.
And for a franchise that has been left dormant for so long, there are suddenly plenty of new games to look forward to.
Diablo Immortal was expected to be the next franchise launch in 2020, with plans for testing this Summer.
Then there is Diablo 4, a game that has yet to be given a solid release date for 2020 or beyond.
If this latest report proves correct, Diablo 2 Resurrected will launch before Diablo 4 hits shelves.
There is also no word on what platforms this new project will be arriving on, with Diablo 3 currently available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
When asked about announcing Diablo 4 with new consoles being planned for the near future, Blizzard devs Joe Shely and Tiffany Wat offered some insight into the situation
Q: When it comes to announcing a game in 2019, it can put you in a strange position, especially with the changes to hardware in 2020. Is the team prepared for those new systems coming out?
Tiffany Wat: “Yeah actually, if you remember when we released Ultimate Evil Edition, so originally when we released Diablo 3 console it was on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and when we released Ultimate Evil Edition it was around the timeline when we were moving to the newer generation of consoles.
“And it was released on all four, so we’re definitely taking a look at what’s coming and we stay abreast of all the information in the industry, but right now, it’s just for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.”
Diablo 4 is set to be the first game in the series to launch on consoles at the same time as PC, bringing with it, it’s own challenges.
“After the Ultimate Evil Edition was released, we started concurrently developing all of our patches after that,” Wat adds.
We became a team that learnt how to concurrently develop and make the best decisions on all platforms. It became a core part of our philosophy.
“And when we started to develop Diablo 4, from the start, it wasn’t like “this is a PC Game,” it was a game for every platform.
“And you can see it in our control scheme, PC gamers will actually be able to use a controller in Diablo 4.
“Using a controller is such a great way to experience Diablo 4 and it’s something we discovered in Diablo 3. You can see in the way we approach the UI.”
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