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‘Diablo 2’ remake: Activision transfers project from ‘Warcraft 3: Reforged’ team to Vicarious Visions away, report says

From the trailer of Diablo II: Lord of Destruction | Photo credit: Diablo / YouTube screenshot

A reliable gaming industry insider reported that the highly requested “Diablo 2” remake is in the making. Activision’s recent reorganization is also said to be directly related to the ongoing project making Vicarious Visions the team responsible for the upcoming title.

‘Diablo 2’ remake: Who’s developing the game now?

Last week, Activision Blizzard made headlines after confirming that Vicarious Visions is now more formally part of the Blizzard division. The studio, most recently known for its work on the well-received “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2,” was acquired by Activision in 2005. Two years later, the Vivendi-Activision merger was announced, forming Activision Blizzard.

The reorganization was made even more interesting by a report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier that says Vicarious Visions is no longer focused on producing its own games. The studio has been entrusted with working on known Blizzard titles, including the famous “Diablo” franchise.

The same report noted that Vicarious Visions had been involved with the video game series, specifically the “Diablo 2” remake, since 2020 with Blizzard’s help. It is unknown how far along the development is, but the project appears to have been in the pipeline since last year.

The remake was reportedly originally assigned to “Blizzard’s Team 1,” the same team that worked on “Warcraft 3: Reforged,” which had a very controversial launch in early 2020. The team was reportedly disbanded a few weeks before the reorganization was announced.

‘Diablo 2’ remake was supposedly launching in late 2020

It is worth noting that this is not the first time the remake appeared in the wild. Last May, Actu Gaming reported that the project has started primarily under Blizzard’s team with a working title “Diablo 2: Resurrected.” The same title was also mentioned in Schreier’s report.

The information from last May also suggested that the “Diablo 2” remake was planned to launch in late 2020. Obviously, it did not happen, and Activision Blizzard has not even officially announced the project. But considering the recent report, the launch likely did not occur due to the reorganization and the original team being removed from the development.

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