Report: Vicarious Visions Is Working On A Diablo II Remake

Report: Vicarious Visions Is Working On A Diablo II Remake
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Earlier today, Activision announced Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 developer Vicarious Visions had been absorbed by Blizzard to provide support on future projects. A few hours later, we now know that one of those projects is a Diablo II remake.

According to Bloomberg, Vicarious Visions has been supporting Blizzard’s Team 3 — which is also responsible for the upcoming Diablo IV — for several months in developing a remake of 2000’s Diablo II, far and away the most popular game in the role-playing franchise.

The remake was originally under the purview of Team 1, the group responsible for the much-maligned Warcraft III: Reforged, before the project was eventually handed over to Team 3 sometime last year. Team 1 has since been dissolved, with some employees transferring to new jobs at Blizzard and the rest being let go.

Upon hearing the news this afternoon, social media was flooded with concerns that Vicarious Visions was being pulled away from its own projects only to disappear beneath massive Blizzard initiatives like World of Warcraft and Overwatch. While it remains to be seen if this is the best use of the studio’s talents after its success with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, this is probably a better outcome than many had anticipated.

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  • >The remake was originally under the purview of Team 1, the group responsible for the much-maligned Warcraft III: Reforged, before the project was eventually handed over to Team 3 sometime last year. Team 1 has since been dissolved, with some employees transferring to new jobs at Blizzard and the rest being let go.

    Holy SHIT. I mean after that shitshow it’s not surprising they were let go but it’s terrifying to think they were the ones responsible for Diablo 2’s remake.

    • Honestly? Good riddance. Most of the models alone were outsourced, inconsistent crap. That doesn’t even cover the rest of the features they screwed up. Even if there was publisher responsibility in there, Team 1’s job was total shithouse at best.

    • Resistance is futile.
      Prepare youselves for assimilation.
      Your coding skills and distinctive artistic abilities shall be made to service the collective.

  • I been Playing Hitman 3 lately,
    and what is really the best feature of that game (and Hitman 2)
    is that you can play updated versions of the previous games.
    so that is what I want out of this
    The Ability to play Diablo 1-2-3-etc in the same game.

    • That’d be great. A huge amount of effort but for games spanning 25 years versus a trilogy released over around 5 years across basically a single console generation and where the games mechanics are so very close.

      Fingers crossed though. Would love a Diablo 1 remaster.

  • And we can all hope that if you’ve bought (own) multiple copies of D2 that you will get the update/re-release for free as an upgrade tied to thier client. They’ve already made a grab at starcraft and warcraft 3, both questionable at whether they are worth the money/time to buy again if you’ve owned since original release. And you can’t hide unwanted games in thier client, so another form of forced advertising.

  • The thing is. What was great about Diablo 2 was the game was offline and the mods were amazing. So good. Ancestral recall was my favourite. Changed so much.

  • I’m part of the throng that despairs over the news that the former Vicarious Visions staff (since its been announced by Actizard that its closed down entirely) are just part of Blizzard now doing support for their games.

    The prospect of further THPS remakes is completely dashed now.

    • VV seem like they were pretty much work for hire – they’ve done stuff all over the place for different studios. I think there’s every chance that future Tony Hawk remakes will be passed over to some other studio to polish.

    • It’s possible but I would expect Blizzard to take no chances with it after the WC3:R fiasco. More likely it will get the Starcraft Remastered treatment and do nothing but update it to modern visuals and resolutions. Probably because their work on D4 is years behind where it should be and they need something to keep the hype going while filling the gap.

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