A Diablo II remake is reportedly in development between Vicarious Visions and Blizzard. This announcement comes in light of the recent, official merger between the two companies. Vicarious Visions is best known for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2, and the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy — both of which are excellent remasters/remakes.
The Diablo II remake stems from recent collaboration between the two companies, dating back to 2020. At that time, a planned remake of Diablo II was on the table. According to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Blizzard’s Team 1 was responsible for several key projects (before the Vicarious Visions absorption), including “StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft Remastered, and Warcraft 3,” with the next project “going to be the Diablo II remake.”
Schreier adds that “unrealistic deadlines created by financial pressures” hindered elements of their Warcraft 3 launch, resulting in Blizzard “pulling the Diablo II remake from Team 1.” Schreier continues that “Blizzard gave the Diablo 2 remake to Team 3 (the team behind the development of Diablo IV),” which is now “overseeing and working with Vicarious Visions on the project.”
Diablo 2 originally launched for PC on June 29, 2000, and was incredibly well-received, improving in numerous ways to its original predecessor. Diablo 2 is considered one of the most classic, and one of the greatest action-role-playing games ever. A remake has been rumored for a number of years now, so a promising report is welcomed news for Diablo fans alike.