Blizzard Entertainment and Vicarious Visions, have announced Diablo 2 Resurrected, the long-rumored remaster of the 2000 action-RPG classic. It’s due out in 2021 for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
“It’s a great time to bring back Diablo 2, it’s a remaster, not a remake. We wanted the game. Diablo 2 Resurrected has a modern 3D layer on top that features particle-based rendering, dynamic lighting, and, where appropriate, upgraded visuals and sound”Diablo franchise executive producer Rod Fergusson told IGN
“It’s like video game archaeology, learning how these things work,” said Vicarious Visions design director Robert Gallerani. “Because we’re using that old system to drive things forward, we keep everything the same. Since it’s not a remake, we don’t have to rebuild [anything]. It’s basically like we’re changing the oil, making sure it runs smoothly, but we’re not rebuilding everything. We are literally combing every single piece of code.” And, he noted with a smile, “when we do fix a bug we have to be very careful because everything is interconnected.”
On PS5 and Xbox Series X, the team is “taking advantage of what’s there” on the new consoles, such as the aforementioned higher framerates and resolution as well as the faster loading times the SSD drives afford. Blizzard is looking at adding things like raytracing effects, but Fergusson was clear about not promising anything and suggested that if any specific next-gen upgrades are added, they’ll come along after the game’s release later in 2021.
On PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, the remaster will run at 4K and 60fps. PC will also support ultra-wide monitors and gamepads. On the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 families of consoles along with the Nintendo Switch, it will run at lower resolutions. Cross-progression will be supported on any platforms that choose to enable it, according to Blizzard.