BlizzCon could be used online until 2020 because everything was to be thrown into the world by 2020, but that doesn’t mean Blizzard doesn’t have news coming out of the gates this year.
One of the best, worst mysteries has been the remastered version of the iconic Diablo II, complete with the Lord of Destination expansion. Widely regarded as a genre-defining game, Diablo II set the bar for dungeon crawlers and still holds up very well, a 20-year high hit last year.
“To be clear, this is not a remake,” executive producer Rod Ferguson told CNET. “It’s not trying to turn us upside down, not trying to get it off the ground and making it look and sound like Diablo II. It’s Diablo II. It’s the same core gameplay that you know and Love you. “
Except for the 4K resolution, the 2D Sprite-based model was replaced with new 3D visuals and a fully remodel cinematic with 27 minutes. The sounds and voices you remember are all the same, complemented by the brand new sound effects and quality of life enhancements to bring the sport firmly in 2021.
It is also playable on all platforms. If you’re the type of person who wants to play on the go, you can take some game time in your lunch break on a PC, use a Nintendo Switch at your commute home, then boot the console of your choice. Do and continue without a hitch.
Principal designer Rob Galrani told CNET, “[Cross progression] Basically you have to limit a certain type of rule everywhere, ”
“So, if we say, ‘Hey look, you know what, inventory management is hard to do with a controller so let’s not worry about that, let’s make it a list.’ When you played on your console and then brought it back, how did we know how you organized your item? “
Thankfully, due to the move to modern BattleNet, the characters and gameplay will be hosted on dedicated servers and placed in the cloud, so you can easily pick it up.
According to Ferguson, “The real cross-progressive side of being able to access the same character for multiple platforms was actually relatively simple, the hard part is ensuring the experience felt it Same on all platforms. “
For those seeking a truly authentic Diablo II experience, there will still be a button you can press to toggle the graphics back to the original 2D Sprite-based model and remove the new sound. But the motive behind Diablo II: Resurrection actually seems to be ‘original, but better’.
“The way we adopted the process, at least from the standpoint of the arts, it was 70% indifferent, 30% new,” Ferguson said. “We realized we could go too far and it wouldn’t feel like D2, so embracing 70% of nostalgia means that when you play the game … you’ll still feel a little bit stiff. .. It’s all about the authenticity that the original game was. “