Vicarious Visions Reportedly Brought Into Blizzard to Work on Diablo 2 Remake

Following the information that Vicarious Visions has been merged into Blizzard Entertainment, a brand new report says that the studio was introduced into Blizzard to work on on the Diablo franchise, together with a deliberate remake of Diablo 2.As reported by Bloomberg, Vicarious Visions, the studio behind such video games as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, has been working with Blizzard since final yr, despite the fact that the announcement of its merger was only made today, January 22.

Up till 2020, the Diablo 2 remake was set to be developed by Blizzard’s Team 1, which is positioned at its Irvine, California campus and was the go-to group for remodeling basic video games. Its newest title, Warcraft III: Reforged, was not obtained positively and at the moment has a 59 on evaluate combination web site Metacritic, which additionally occurs to be Blizzard’s lowest rating to date. Gamingskillz gave Warcraft III: Reforged a 7/10, saying it “is an uninspiring remaster, but Warcraft 3 itself is still a great game nearly two decades later.”

Internal paperwork reviewed by Bloomberg pin the sport’s failures on “poor planning, miscommunication and a rushed release due to financial pressure from management, among other factors.” One instance given was that, following the game’s reveal in November 2018, it started taking pre-orders for 2019 earlier than letting many of the growth crew know of the discharge window.

Blizzard and Team 1 clearly did not need to make the identical errors with the much-anticipated Diablo 2 remaster, and following a “postmortem,” Blizzard ended up pulling the remaster from the crew and placing the division behind Diablo IV in cost. Vicarious Visions can also be mentioned to be working on this venture, which is or was often called Diablo II: Resurrected.

In October 2020, Blizzard reorganized all the division often called Team 1 and members of the crew got alternatives to interview for different positions inside the firm. Those who didn’t discover a place had been finally let go, whereas others selected to go away for unbiased studios like Frost Giant Inc., and DreamHaven Inc., the latter of which was started by Blizzard co-founder and former CEO Mike Morhaime.

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Prior to Warcraft III: Reforged, Team 1 was chargeable for each Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft 2. In 2018, Blizzard began scaling down development of Heroes of the Storm, and StarCraft 2 also recently ended content development.

For these nonetheless taking part in Warcraft III: Reforged or ready for any updates, a spokesperson for the corporate mentioned it’s “still committed to updates in support of the community.”

A report in 2020 stated that the long rumored Diablo 2 remaster was scheduled to arrive in that same year, and it is doable these growth shifts and the affect of the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to its inner delay.

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Adam Bankhurst is a information author for Gamingskillz. You can observe him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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