Video game remasters are becoming more like a trend nowadays, with developers undertaking the task to reintroduce their old yet highly popular titles to modern audiences. Blizzard recently announced the remastered version of their classic RTS game, Starcraft and it prompted Diablo II fans to ask for a similar treatment for the iconic ARPG. We won’t receive answers straight away about the viability of this project, but series creator David Brevik suggests it’s not necessarily as straightforward as most would think.
According to an interview done with Diabloii.net, Brevik mentioned he received plenty of requests for a Diablo II remake after the Starcraft remastered version was announced. He’s fine with the concept of remasters, though extra caution must be practiced in making them. "They have their work cut out for them," said Brevik. "I don’t believe a lot of the assets survived. I think that remasters are okay, they're fine, but you have to be really careful with remasters and there’s this delicate balance. For instance, the world of Diablo II is broken up into tiles."
Brevik also cited how video game development has changed over the years since Diablo II was released in 2000, and it’ll be a challenge for them to remake the cult classic. "If you do a remaster, this is going to sound terrible, I am going to sound like an old fogey here, but kids these days don’t understand how games were made back then. They were nothing like they’re made today. Everybody would just make 3D artwork and put it on a 3D grid which works except for it doesn’t work. Because the moment that you change the fundamental way that you interact with the game and you move around the world, you’re changing the game.”
With that said, a remaster can definitely be done if Blizzard is up for the challenge, though they’ll have a tough time to make it play like the original game. “On a fundamental level that cannot be really comprehended unless you're a programmer that has done this kind of thing before… if they do a Diablo 2 Remaster, it’s going to be difficult to make it feel exactly like the same game”, added Brevik. “They could do it but they will have to go out of their way to ensure that they are simulating the way that the game works in 2D instead of making it 3D, if that makes sense".
These comments might not mean anything in the long run, but hey, one can always hope for Blizzard to entertain a request from their fans, considering most hardcore followers of the Diablo series still rate the second entry very highly.
Source: PC Gamer