Rumour: Diablo 2 Remastered was cancelled, Blizzard choosing to focus on Diablo 4

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Nov 11, 2019 9:55 AM
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This is probably going to sound hideous to some folks but there’s a fairly substantial rumour doing the rounds that Blizzard was working on Diablo 2 Remastered, and that this remaster has been cancelled.

It all stems from a Reddit post which surfaced on the Diablo subreddit some four months ago. The post is all the usual rumour-mongering and inside scoops which, ordinarily, wouldn’t be that believable. However, the leaker absolutely nailed the details of Diablo IV, four months before the game was officially announced.

The Diablo 4 leaker said the game’s official title would be Diablo IV; it would be an isometric MMORPG with no load times, a sophisticated new game engine, a much darker art style, they nailed the barbarian and druid classes, as well as hub cities and the revamped combat system with combos. Basically, it looks as if this person absolutely did see a 20-minute demo of Diablo IV before it was made public, which lends credence to their next claim.

“Diablo II Remake/Remaster was planned, but they later realized that it would be much better to give the franchise a complete reset and put [the] majority of the fans’ requests into 1 giant package,” wrote u/Gorelight on Reddit.

We’ve known for some time now that Blizzard has been hiring for potentially multiple Diablo projects, stretching all the way back to early 2017. In June 2017, Blizzard was looking for a UI/UX Visual Designer, in particular “a renaissance designer to harmonize that which was, with that which will be. Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo await your machinations. If you have the desire to rise to that challenge, we’d love to hear from you." Warcraft 3: Reforged was eventually announced, of course, but it appears any plans for a Diablo 2 remaster have been shelved with the arrival of Diablo 4. On the subject of StarCraft, well, that’s a franchise put out to pasture if ever we’ve seen one.

What are thoughts on this one then, is Diablo 4 enough to sate your appetite for dungeon romping? Or were you hoping for a remake of Blizzard’s classic, Diablo 2? Let us know below!

Which would you prefer?

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06:33 Nov-12-2019

Nothing new here. Just Blizzard doing its own dead cold blizzardy thing.

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16:24 Nov-12-2019

** Just Activision doing its own dead cold Activisiony thing.


There I fixed it for you. :P

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01:00 Nov-12-2019

Blizzard is dead. This is Blizzard 2. I was never a big fan of Diablo series, I liked the Diablo 4 cinematic trailer, but that's it. It's sad that these macrotransaction filled companies will survive because the newer generations know nothing better, but this. Pay, and pay some more.

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22:25 Nov-11-2019

Blizzard, do I need to get to you and smack someone with "You think you do, but you don’t" sign? :-D


Jokes aside, shame they canceled remaster. I think a lot more people were excited for that, than even Diablo 4. Though lack of talk about Warcraft 3 Reforged also makes me worry a bit. Though I feel like they are too far into it to cancel it now.

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17:18 Nov-11-2019

If blizzard cancelled the Diablo 2 remastered. Then I will cancel my plans on getting the Diablo 4! There's no reason to get the Diablo 4 anyway.

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15:48 Nov-11-2019

if you tell me devil 2 remake ... ok but remaster..meh, best devil 4

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13:36 Nov-11-2019

If this is true I am gonna be sooooo mad!

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15:12 Nov-11-2019

just play the regular diablo 2.

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15:47 Nov-11-2019

I'll pass on that. Even with the high resolution mod, it still won't be enough.


Biggest turn off though is how you would be able to see enemies way outside their aggression range.

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13:29 Nov-11-2019

it seems like activision has started imposing their business model over blizzard, from what we've seen they've switched from what made blizzard, blizzard their whole "games as service", over on to the "pump out a sequel every year!"
diablo 4, overwatch 2 next we might hear of hearthstone 2, starcraft 3

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17:36 Nov-11-2019

starcraft 3 actually dosnt sound that bad

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18:53 Nov-11-2019

true.. they kinda ended it story-wise after lotv tho

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19:33 Nov-11-2019

they did but i miss that universe

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13:18 Nov-11-2019

They just wanted to focus on optimizing the gameplay around microtrashactions in D4, so there's no time to recreate something that would only sell a well fleshed-out game...

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10:07 Nov-11-2019

Honestly would've loved a D2 remaster, but who knows, a good D4 might be the better choice... We'll see.

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10:04 Nov-11-2019

Makes sense, but we never got a confirmation that there would be a D2 remastered, iirc, so it's a rumor about a rumor...

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12:39 Nov-11-2019

Well I did hear a rumour of a confirmation which does back up the rumour about a rumour, although much of that is still just rumoured.

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12:50 Nov-11-2019

lol :D

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13:37 Nov-11-2019

Win!

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14:57 Nov-11-2019

FTW xD

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