Once again the job board of a company has lent us some insight into the studio’s inner workings. A Diablo 2 remaster may be in the works at Blizzard, as stated by a job posting that mentions Diablo 2, StarCraft, and Warcraft 3 as some examples in gaming. We can’t be sure, though.
Alongside StarCraft and World of Warcraft, Diablo is one of Blizzard’s most distinctive franchises, and the gap between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 was very long and well-received when it came out (despite the issues with connectivity at launch). And it wouldn’t be the first time this year Blizzard has done something like this, either.
Earlier this year the company released the original Starcraft and Starcraft: Brood War for free on its website with updated visuals, so it’s possible that they may do the same thing with a Diablo 2 remaster. Of course, that all depends on whether Blizzard actually wants to do it.
For instance, despite Starcraft being one of the last real vestiges of the “build a base” style of RTS, Blizzard has gone on record saying that we won’t be getting a remastering of the Warcraft games because they’re apparently not as fun as they used to be. Diablo 2 may run into a similar problem.
Diablo 3 is currently the quintessential dungeon-crawler game, and while Diablo helped to popularize the genre, many players may be reluctant to go backwards in time, rather than forwards. Then again, Diablo 2 might have a certain spark left in it that would help it to be a success.
Either way, a Diablo 2 remaster will have to be confirmed by Blizzard before there’s any sort of announcement about it, and if one is in the making Blizzard will likely announce it sometime soon, either at BlizzCon or just on their news.
We’ll just have to wait and see.