It was almost a week ago. All Blizzard fans were holding their breath, feverish. The Blizzcon opening conference , streamed online for free, was about to begin. Bets were taken on the games visible this year: Overwatch 2 ? Diablo 4 ? A new license? For nearly an hour, it was J. Allen Brack, CEO of the studio, who would host an opening ceremony without any real surprise. There were the sobs of Overwatch players , left out during the “big” announcements. Despite everything, there was applause from Diablo fans.. We can blame Blizzard for a tendency to serve us remakes in recent years, but a rumor immediately made us forget this weariness: that of Diablo 2 .
As Brack all smiles, the Dark Ranger begins his journey to the East again in 2021. Diablo 2 Resurrected , a fan- clamored project, will be released on all possible physical media: Xbox Series X | S , Xbox One, PC, Switch, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. While Diablo 4’s new character class videos have garnered attention, all eyes have been on the gameplay video of its ancestor.
A comparison that pleases
The Candyland YouTube channel offers us a comparison comparing the images presented that evening with the original material, released in 2000. Warcraft 3 Reforged had caused a lot of ink to flow when it was released in 2020, due to a lack of work on graphics. However, this video reassures us on this point. Much finer reflections, light effects and textures flatter the eye. The animation is fluid, the menus very readable. The comparison with its big competitor Path of Exile is quite tempting. The latter, let us remember, was developed by part of the original Diablo 2 team . Within the Grinding Gear Games studio, they wanted to bring up to date the very dark atmosphere of the Blizzard title , and its characteristic gameplay.
It remains to be hoped that Resurrected will convince us with the joystick in hand. The port of Diablo 3 to console was exemplary on this point. The interface of its venerable elder, less ergonomic, will surely be at the heart of a strong adaptation work. And the fans will know how to be picky on this point.
That license enthusiast should therefore be reassured. Diablo Immortals doesn’t seem so dire. Episode 4 has a very attractive new character . And Diablo 3 Eternal Edition is getting a great promotion on the Microsoft Store. It remains a flagship title in its genre. And if you haven’t already, go explore the lands of Sanctuary while you wait for Resurrected to release !
In Extreme Hardcore mode , if you dare!