Blizzard presented several content from Diablo during BlizzConline, the company’s virtual event due to the pandemic. The gaming giant revealed the development of Diablo II: Resurrected, a remastering of the title for the new generations of consoles and PC.
As a remastering, Diablo II: Resurrected will bring the same story, mechanics and characters from the original 2000 version, in addition to the expansion Lord of Destruction. The game is hailed as one of the best RPGs in history, a reason that led the company to do a remastering.
According to the game designer, Andre Abrahamian, the proposal is that the game has a greater proportion in maintaining the old experience of the players and offers few changes.
“I would say that we have an experience focused on maintaining 70% of what was the original game and, thus, bringing in another 30% of news, such as modifications that we thought would improve the players’ lives”, informs the developer in an interview with Canaltech during BlizzConline.
One of the main changes, according to him, is in the user interface. He points out that the elements are all still there, only making it easier for players to access equipment and information about their characters.
And what about Diablo II original, still available via Battle.net? Producer Matthew Cederquist points out that the two titles will be separate at the store. That is, anyone who still wants to keep the version with the old experience of the game will also succeed.
“We are going to offer the cross-save between the two versions. This means that you will be able to take a character from the old version to the new game and live it whenever you want. But they will be completely separate games ”.
As a remastering, Diablo II: Resurected will have textures in 4K, in addition to running at 60 FPS, with new possibility of Dolby 7.1 audio. This is also the first time that the game will be released simultaneously for PC and consoles, with Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.
The version is being developed by Vicarious Visions, a studio that also worked on the relaunch of Crash and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. The expectation is that Diablo II: Resurected be released later this year.
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