Vicarious Visions has been having a positive few years. The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 developer saw acclaim with their remakes. Now, it looks like the studio may be working on a Diablo 2 remake under Blizzard. The rumor, which has been corroborated by Bloomberg, comes after Activision announced that the developer would be absorbed into the studio.
In a statement to Games Industry, an Activision spokesperson noted the devs realized there was an option to provide long-term support to the studio.
“After collaborating with Vicarious Visions for some time and developing a great relationship, Blizzard realized there was an opportunity for [the studio] to provide long-term support.”
Activision had purchased the developer back in 2005, although it had been pretty much independent in the 15 years since then. During this time, it had worked on the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and was the lead developer of Destiny 2’s PC version, among other projects. The majority of these saw critical and commercial acclaim.
As for the Diablo 2 remake, it looks as though it will be shipped with the Resurrection subtitle. Whether the game is released with the expansion pass included remains to be seen. When Activision announced that Vicarious Visions would be absorbed into Blizzard, it noted that the developer will be fully supporting the larger studio’s games.
One of the larger projects that it’s working on is Diablo 4, which has been in development for several years. However, it’s still a while away from release. Should that be the case, then the Diablo 2 remake could be a stop-gap between the release of Diablo Immortals, a mobile game, and the next major installment in the franchise.
One of the negatives associated with the development of the Diablo 2 remake, however, is it means that Vicarious Visions isn’t working on anything else. That could be bad news for anybody hoping for another Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remake, at least anytime soon. Regardless, it looks as though Blizzard and Diablo have an interesting few years ahead.
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