Blizzard would like to preserve Diablo 2 for Resurrected

  • Prior to BlizzConline, we spoke to Diablo 2 Resurrected Items Rod Fergusson, executive director of the Diablo franchise in Blizzard, and Rob Gallerani, chief designer at Blizzard's support division, Vicarious Visions. And after working on the business's"worst-kept secret," the pair have been apparent on Diablo 2 Resurrected: This is the Diablo 2 you understand, warts and all.

    "This is not a remake," said Fergusson. This ist's right there, underneath the surface. The entire simulation, the search engine for this match, which lifeblood of this game, is correct underneath. So there is a toggle switch, a heritage toggle, that if you press the button, you will see behind the drapes, and there's Diablo 2 in 2D sprites running right there, and now you're able to play how you played 20 years ago."

    In our 30-minute conversation, the couple couldn't have made the philosophy for Diablo 2 Resurrected much more clear. It's -- because it needed to be -- that the game players remembered. Blizzard felt that many deviations, even important quality-of-life features, would be a step too far.

    "Most players play with the map up while they play with the game," said Gallerani. "And a petition we have in the play test -- very much from people who have never played but are used to playing more modern games -- will be like, I just got a quest. It is not making my character overpowered or something like this. And it totally changed the vibe of the game". While a revamped minimap or icons showing you where to go may have made for a more contemporary Diablo encounter, it did not feel true to what Diablo 2 was 20 decades back. And Blizzard's doctrine was that when a characteristic doesn't feel true, it gets canned.

    Blizzard would like to preserve Diablo 2 for Resurrected as far as it can, as even if the game is unchanged, the entire world it'll be published to is completely different. Much like World of Warcraft Classic, the wide variety of information available on the world wide web nowadays, and the advent of services like Discord, makes socializing while enjoying a very different experience. You do not need the manual when an answer to"how do I complete this quest" is a Discord message or a Google search away. Blizzard is counting on that -- the neighborhood -- to help ease new players into buy Diablo Immortal Gold the encounter.