Monday, January 25, 2021

Blizzard Absorbs Activision Studio As Support Team; Reportedly Working On Diablo II Remake

Blizzard Entertainment, the other half of the corporation cum video game mega studio that is Activision Blizzard, recently grew in size after it announced that it had absorbed a subsidiary studio that once resided within Activision.

According to multiple sources, the studio, Vicarious Visions, was made a part of the Blizzard family with immediate effect, and comprises over 200 staff members, who have now been shifted into a “long-term support” team that will be dedicated towards “existing Blizzard games and initiatives”. And its first order of business? Apparently, working on the remake the developer’s critically acclaimed Diablo 2. A risky move, considering that this was the same team that fumbled its way to the finish line with the horrifying Warcraft III: Reforged.

That isn’t to say that Vicarious Visions hasn’t had success with remastered other games. The studio is also responsible for pushing out the well-received remaster of Naughty Dog’s original Crash Bandicoot series as the N.Sane Trilogy,  as well as the remastering of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2.

Returning to the Diablo II remaster, Blizzard still hasn’t officially acknowledged the existence of the game, let alone provide a tangible launch date. If we were to take a guess, the remaster could manifest itself during one of two periods. The first is right before the launch of Diablo IV, as a means of sating and reigniting fan interest. The second could be after the launch of the major instalment.

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