BlizzCon 2016: Where’s the love for Diablo II and Warcraft III?

We were all prepared for the lack of Diablo III news from BlizzCon, in spite of the franchise’s huge following. But what we we didn’t anticipate was the demand for Diablo II and Warcraft III, especially in light of the announcement of World of Warcraft Classic and the free-to-play conversion of StarCraft II.

Turns out that Blizzard does have its eye on remastering both games, but it’s not ready yet. As Blizzard Senior Producer Peter Stilwell told PCGN, Warcraft III in particular needs a whole lot of balancing and a new map pool to satisfy tourney players.

And as for Diablo II? Hackers are the real threat.

“With Diablo [II] the big one is the botters and the spamming is out of control, [people asking] could we please fix that,” Stilwell admits. “Keep rolling seasons but maybe eventually be good enough at combating them that you see real names at the top of the leaderboard again.”

Source: PCGN
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Armsbend

I hope they don’t waste any more time on these games. I don’t want Blizzard to become Square Enix.

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Schmidt.Capela

Particularly, I would rather play Diablo 2 than Diablo 3.

The main reason, though, is because Diablo 2 is offline. Should Blizzard make Diablo 3 playable offline then I would likely get back to it, and perhaps even purchase the Necromancer class. I would never again play it online, though (all my Diablo 3-playing friends gave up on the game, so no reason, at all, to play it online).

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Sorrior Draconus

Wellll pretty sure if you get a ps4 or xbox you can go offline

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traja

Well this was disappointing to read. I would have thought that at least the artists could start working while things like hackers are being dealt with. Starcraft Remastered looks amazing but it is a ridiculously hardcore RTS. Diablo 2 remastered would have a much wider appeal.

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Bruno Brito

Blizzcon 2016?

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Steely Bob

i’m always surprised no one ever returned to the Myth franchise and developed a modern Myth II like game… oh right… Bungie…

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agemyth 😩

With WoW Classic’s official announcement it is fair to say Blizzard is in the business of updating their classic and beloved titles to, at least, be functional on modern OSes and hardware. StarCraft’s free and updated client and StarCraft: Remastered weren’t a one-off project but the beginning of their full suite of modernized classics.

Diablo 2 will happen. WarCraft 3 will happen. WarCraft 2 will even happen I bet. By the time they finally update those games and figure out how to do Classic servers for every expansion people demand in WoW people will probably be clamoring for the good old days of those cult classics, Diablo 3 and StarCraft 2. Then we remaster the remasters and the snake eats its tail.

Unless people at Blizzard decide to take Warcraft 1 and Diablo 1 remasters on as passion projects I’m not sure there is enough demand for them to get the full treatment. I would still like to see them get a update like the current free StarCraft client.

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Arktouros

I dunno, I liked Diablo 2 and I spent an ungodly amount of hours playing free/custom maps in Warcraft 3, but like “WOW Classic” I just don’t get the point. Seems better to me to focus on moving forward with newer titles even if they copy old mechanics if you want to revisit them.

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pepperzine

From blizzard’s perspective, untapped money from a low hanging fruit. There are people (like myself) who will not spend money on a new WoW expansion or new dlc for diablo 3. However, they will easily open their wallet to play stable versions of old classics which will not cost the team much to develop and maintain, as they’re simply revising and refining old code instead of creating brand new code. On top of that, since people are looking to reexperience something from the past, once it’s up and going, there is not a substantial amount of maintanence/update costs when compared to a newer product.

From a player’s perspective, using WoW as an example, people dislike the direction it has taken. Between the simplification, removal of features that required socialization, and the bloat of off-branch systems (like the Pokémon pet battle system or the Facebook like mission table), it is not something they are interested in any longer. People play games they consider fun and entertaining, just because it is “new” does not automatically equate to it being more fun for an individual, as it’s a subjective experience. Moving forward is often great, but only if you think the direction it is moving is an improvement on where it was prior.

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Arktouros

Okay, but again taking your WOW example, but as I said couldn’t they just use the old mechanics in a new title? There can be new places and new foes and new challenges to overcome even if we’re using the old mechanics right?

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I imagine there must be a fair number of people who never played D2 back in the day and won’t now because it’s too old and clunky. Bringing it up to date will likely find a whole new audience. Who knows? Every other nostalgia game that’s been remastered has done well, with a few notable exception, so there is definitely a market.

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Schmidt.Capela

Diablo 2 has been updated, just not remastered. Among other things Diablo II 1.14 runs natively in Windows 10 (as well as 8, 8.1, and 7).

Blizzard didn’t really advertise it, though.

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rahkeesh

By “not ready” they appear to mean “not ready to even start doing because we haven’t figured out how to fix more fundamental flaws.” In other words, while there may be some wheels turning on new patches, don’t bet on a remaster even having started.

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Sray

Blizzcon 2016? I know we set the clocks back this weekend, but I think you might have overdone it.

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quark1020

Just a bit.

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Danny Smith

Isn’t World of Wacraft technically showing the love for WC3?

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Bryan Correll

Kinda my thought. Sure, it’s a different type of game, but vanilla WoW and the first two expansions are, story-wise, direct sequels to WC3 and The Frozen Throne.

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bereman99

Not “continuing the story/new RTS game” showing some love.

Remastering the graphics of the current game plus making sure it runs better (or at all) on the most recent OS (which is occasionally an issue for older games) kind of showing some love.

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teh evilengineer

they run right now

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wandris

What Diablo 2 needs is some persistence. Losing characters or account after 90 days of inactivity makes casually starting anything a pointless task.

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Ittybumpkin

They have to do that though because people can make an unlimited number of accounts. Back when I played a lot I would have my main account for my characters that I played often and then several accounts of just item mules. Since there is not enough storage to to make up for limiting it to one account, it would really not be feasible and they have said multiple times that they cannot really increase the stash size more without a sizable effort due to how the game was coded. So since they cannot really limit you to one account a cd key, they cannot just allow people to make hundreds of characters and never wipe them if they are not played for a long period of time

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Agree. It just barely passed muster then. In today’s gaming world it’s a fail.

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