It was rumoured weeks before the actual announcement, but now it's been confirmed: Vicarious Visions, the Activision studio that crafted both Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 & 2, is developing Diablo 2: Resurrected.
News dropped last month that Vicarious Visions had been merged into Blizzard, with the press release stating that the team would be "fully dedicated to existing Blizzard games and initiatives". And so here we are, with the developer working on the newly revealed Diablo 2 revival.
While Resurrected isn't a ground-up remake like N. Sane Trilogy and Pro Skater, it still sounds like much more than a simple remaster. For a start, the visuals have been overhauled dramatically. Diablo 2's world has never looked so detailed, with remade character models, assets, and an all-new lighting system breathing a lot of life into the 20-year-old action RPG.
It should be noted that the gameplay hasn't been touched — this is still Diablo 2 — but it'll run at 60 frames-per-second, and it's now fully playable with a controller (obviously). You can hear all about the development of Diablo 2: Resurrected in the video that we've embedded at the top of this article. It's immediately clear that Vicarious Visions has tackled this project with all of the respect that it deserves.
In short, it's easy to feel as though Diablo 2: Resurrected is in very capable hands, especially given Vicarious Visions' stellar output in recent years. The remaster is due out later this year, but we don't have a release window to go on just yet.