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While we all expected the Diablo 2 remaster to be announced at this year's BlizzCon and some rumors even pointed to it, it seems we may not ever get the updated version of the game. According to Erich and Max Schaefer, two of the original creators of both Diablo 1 and 2, the remaster is very unlikely, as a little while before launch of D2, the entire backup of the source code and assets was lost.
Talking at ExileCon 2019, the series creators were reminiscing about the beginnings of the franchise (and genre), and this particular story stood out:
This isn't the first time Blizzard has had troubles with the source code of their games, as Classic WoW is also not based on the full Vanilla code, as parts of it were lost over the years and the update process with new expansions.
This all comes from a Gamespot article covering the talks at ExileCon and also features a great story about the original Diablo's creation, before Blizzard bought Condor, the original developers, and how they were completely broke and wouldn't have been able to ship the game (and might have even gone to jail for tax evasion) if Blizzard hadn't shown up with their offer. Also, they were only expecting around 20,000 copies to be sold for the game to be a success and fund a sequel, which really gives you some perspective as to how things have changed, with Diablo 3 having sold over 30 million copies, and D2 clocking in at around 17 million.
In any case, you should definitely head on over to Gamespot and read the full article with many more quotes from the fathers of the Diablo franchise.
We have modernized blast from the past, courtesy of the Upscale youtube channel, as they've taken the first Diablo 2 trailer and the intro cinematic from Lord of Destruction and, as their name suggests, recently upscaled them!
First off it's a slightly less familiar E3 teaser for Diablo 2 from 1998, enhanced to 4K!
And then it's on to one that we've all seen, from the Lord of Destruction expansion, and it seems Bhaal got a better deal, as he got remastered to 8k!
While the cinematics still look dated, they look a hell of a lot better than the originals, as you can see in the side-by-side comparisons. You should check out the channel, as they also did some work on the Diablo 4 intro cinematic, as well as a whole lot of other games.
And here's the original D2 intro cinematic, upscaled with machine learning earlier this year as a bonus in case you missed it.
Yesterday, we brought up some interesting leaks related to the next WoW expansion and Overwatch 2. Today, the Bolvar fine art print went live on Blizzard Gear Store. Note that this does not confirm Shadowlands or anything, but we at least know it wasn't fake in the first place.
UPDATE: Both images can no longer be accessed (403 Forbidden Error). You can still find the Bolvar fine print here. Overwatch 2 was not archived, unfortunately.
The images are carefully hidden and we’ve reuploaded them in case they get deleted.
Bolvar Fine Art Print
You can visit the link below to view Bolvar's fine art print on Blizzard Gear Store.
Overwatch 2 Fine Art Print
In addition to the Bolvar fine art print, there's also one related to Overwatch 2 up on Blizzard Gear Store with Echo as a Hero.
You can view it yourself by visiting the following link:
BlizzCon is just around the corner and we've seen many new rumors emerge and while they should be taken with a grain of salt, some are really interesting and worth looking into.
The number of leaks related to the next WoW expansion is crazy this year. Ercarp has created a spreadsheet, where he lists 66 leaks for Patch 9.0 and the list is growing.
The most interesting ones stem from MMO-Champion and other sources, but they've all been posted on Twitter by WeekAuras. The first image mentions Shadowlands.
The second image depicts a shirt and fine art print of Bolvar as the Lich King. No idea why his eyes aren't red.
Here is a purported leak of the Overwatch 2 logo, also posted by WeekAuras.
Based on recent rumors, it seems Kotaku's James Schreier was right when he predicted PvE elements in Overwatch 2 four months ago, comparing it to Left 4 Dead.
The highly-anticipated Diablo title comes with the most leaks this year. We've seen a leaked GameStar ad from an upcoming book mentioning Diablo 4, and now, here we have an image of Lilith, a character that will be part of the story in the game, also taken from The Art of Diablo. The image was posted on WeekAuras' Twitter.
This one has even been confirmed by an ex-Blizzard employee who stated it was his unreleased concept art of Lilith that received a paintover by someone else at Blizzard. The tweet has been obviously deleted since then.
The Art of Diablo is a book showcasing Diablo art that will release after BlizzCon on November 3. The German GameStar magazine comes with an ad for the book ahead of BlizzCon claiming the book contains art from the upcoming Diablo IV title.
A rough translation from German tells us the book contains more than 500 memorable artworks from Diablo, Diablo II, Diablo III, and Diablo IV. The book will become available on November 3, right after BlizzCon.
A few days ago, we looked at a leak which talked about Diablo IV in addition to a Diablo II Remaster and Overwatch 2 to be unveiled at BlizzCon. This would be the second leak in a row to talk about the unveiling of the the next Diablo game at the event.
Here's a preview of the book taken from Amazon:
Diablo IV was reportedly in development when Reaper of Souls came out and got rebooted after two years, because it wasn't shaping well, so they came up with the Rise of Necromancer DLC for Diablo III to make up for the canceled project.
Based on our latest article on Diablo IV, we know the current iteration of the game has been in development only since 2016 under code name Hades with Luis Barriga as Game Director, who has worked on World of Warcraft in the past.
A GameStar ad released ahead of BlizzCon teases Diablo IV artwork of an upcoming book.