I appreciate when a remaster of an old game looks like my memories of the original, a rose-tinted vision which would crumble if I looked at even one screenshot. Blizzard and Vicarious Visions have managed that with Diablo 2: Resurrected, from what I’ve seen, and a new trailer focuses on the redone cutscenes. And yeah, this is how I remember D2 cutscenes looking? They were dead fancy and high-tech, yeah? Must have looked like this?
Our Alice Bee played the recent open beta and she too questioned her memory, at first. She said, “even as I was playing I was like, ‘Ehhh, doesn’t look that different. What’s the big deal? Could just play the old one still if y’ask me.’ Time makes fools of us all, and I didn’t remember old Diablo II looking substantially different. Except it is! And Resurrected will remind you of this, because if you tap G it will instantly switch back to the old look.”
I don’t know why Blizzard’s YouTube channel has a video which pretends to be the original Diablo 2 intro cinematic but surely wasn’t. Couldn’t have been. What a weird prank! No way.
Diablo 2: Resurrected is due to launch next Thursday, the 23rd of September. It’ll cost £35 on Battle.net. The game’s coming to Xboxes, PlayStations, and Switch too.
Unlike last year’s ill-received Warcraft 3 remaster, Resurrected doesn’t forcibly upgrade or replace ye olde Diablo II. If you have the original, you can keep on playing it.
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