Activision Blizzard recently made the surprising decision to merge Vicarious Visions – the studio behind Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2 – into Blizzard to support other projects. One of these projects is at least reportedly a Diablo 2 remake, while others at Blizzard continue to work on Diablo 4.
According to Bloomberg, problems with the development of Warcraft III: Reforged have caused Blizzard to reconsider the teams they had in developing games going forward, with its classic “Team 1” games being pulled out of the project and replaced by a division, who also handles Diablo 4. Warcraft III had been heavily criticized for its poor quality and lack of meaningful improvements. Blizzard had not had a habit of re-recording or rearranging its games before.
Among the developers also working on this project includes the Vicarious Visions team. This is the second time that a Tony Hawk developer has been admitted to another studio where Neversoft joined Infinity Ward in 201
The Diablo 2 remake is not formally announced by Blizzard, but it may be a stopgap release to make the wait on Diablo 4 a little easier. What will not be easy is to deal with the studio behind one of 2020’s best games being pulled out of its own projects to help with that. Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2 not only managed to replicate what made the original games amazing, such as level design and sound, but also delivered a core skating experience that felt like it was made today. Almost every song from the original two games was also held for the remake. This includes the legendary “Superman” by Goldfinger. Unfortunately, it was not enough to do everything they could to become the green light for another game.
The Diablo franchise will certainly not have a shortage of releases going forward if everything reported is going to work. In addition to Diablo 4, Blizzard is also releasing Diablo Immortal for mobile devices, which include classes from previous games like Demon Hunter, Monk, Crusader and Barbarian. Blizzard is also continuing work on World of Warcraft and Overwatch 2.
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