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 Blizzard caused the teams they had to develop games to reassess in the future, with their classic “Team 1” games being pulled by the project and replaced by a division that also handles Diablo 4. Warcraft III had been heavily criticized for its poor quality and lack of meaningful improvements. Blizzard had not been in the habit of remaking or rearranging their games before.
Developers who are also working on that project include the Vicarious Visions team. This is the second time a Tony Hawk developer has been absorbed into another studio, and Neversoft joined Infinity Ward in 201
That Diablo 2 remake has not been formally announced by Blizzard, but there may be a stop-lock release to make the wait for Diablo 4 a little easier. What will not be easy is to manage the studio behind one of 2020’s best games that are drawn from their own projects to help with that. Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2 not only managed to replicate what made the original games great, 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 two original games was also held for re-recording. This includes the legendary “Superman” by Goldfinger. Unfortunately, it was not enough to do everything they could to get the green light for a new game.
The Diablo series will certainly not be a shortage of releases in the future if all reports are met. In addition to Diablo 4, Blizzard will also release Diablo Immortal for mobile devices, which include classes from previous games such as Demon Hunter, Monk, Crusader and Barbarian. Blizzard is also continuing work on World of Warcraft and Overwatch 2.
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