Many fans of the Diablo franchise have been expecting a new entry in the series for some time now. Whilst I was personally happy with the respective announcements made at Blizzcon last year, which showcased the new Necromancer class and the Darkening of Tristram event, it was a bit disappointing for another year to go by with no news of Diablo 4.
There was also heavy rumors doing the rounds last year that Diablo II would be getting a remaster, something that would possibly tide those fans over that were expecting a new game altogether, given that particular entry’s popularity. If neither of these two games are on the cards for Blizzard, then is there a demand for a possible remaster for the original Diablo game?
The Darkening of Tristram event back at the start of this year gave players the opportunity to travel back through a mysterious portal in Sanctuary, taking adventurers to the original Diablo game for them to play through. So with that in mind, and with Blizzard stating that they might make it an annual event, it seems unlikely that there would be a remastered version of the game after all.
It would probably be difficult for modern day players to come to terms with paying for a new remaster without changes to the actual mechanics. The walk speed and direction for example would be a source of frustration for many in this day and age, as well as no Alts and the ability to highlight items.
The most likely scenario it seems will be a remaster of Diablo II, which would be a popular choice for many. Unless they were to make a complete remake of the original, and not bring back the event that took place earlier in the year, then it probably wouldn’t be the best use of Blizzard’s time if they are looking to take the franchise forward.