Diablo II remake has been handed over to Vicarious Visions, a Bloomberg report suggests. This follows the recent acquisition of Blizzard Entertainment of Vicarious Visions, which last worked on the successful remake Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 under Activision.
VICARIOUS VISIONS SET TO WORK ON ANOTHER CLASSIC: DIABLO II REMAKE
News about the Diablo II remake first circulated when French gaming news site Actu Gaming reported on rumors in March 2020. Team 1, an internal development team within Blizzard, supposedly worked on the remake. However, it seems like Blizzard is handing the reins over to Vicarious Visions, their newest acquisition.
Vicarious Visions has a long resumé when it comes to classic games. In fact, Activision gave Vicarious Visions the seemingly-insurmountable task of remaking the first two Tony Hawk games. Prior to this assignment, Vicarious Visions was responsible for the GameBoy Advance ports of multiple Tony Hawk games. They also worked on various ports of other classics, such as Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. These works show that they are familiar with handling classic titles.
Prior to Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2, Tony Hawk games have had a downward spiral in terms of quality. Vicarious Visions' task was to revive the series, working on the game on their own for the first time. Even with this challenge, Vicarious Visions pushed through and released the first positively-reviewed Tony Hawk game in over a decade.
REMAKE STILL JUST A RUMOR; RELEASE DATE: UNKNOWN
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Their tremendous success may have been enough to convince Blizzard of their abilities. Diablo II is revered by fans to be one of the best games in the series. Apart from working on the Diablo II remake, Vicarious Visions is also supporting Blizzard in the development of Diablo IV. Under Activision, they also acted as a support team for Bungie in developing Destiny 2.
Rumors say that the Diablo II remake will be titled Diablo II: Resurrection. This calls back on the story of the original Diablo II, where Diablo successfully revived himself by consuming the body of the “Dark Wanderer,” the protagonist of the very first Diablo.
In spite of these rumors, neither Blizzard nor Vicarious Visions have come out to officially announce this project. Therefore, we have no trailers or concept artworks for us to look at. Likewise, there is also no release date for the Diablo II remake yet.