Check out this 4K version of the original Diablo II intro cinematic made with AI

    
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We’re seeing quite a number of HD remasters in video games and retellings of classic movies, so perhaps it was only a matter of time before classic video game cutscenes got a bit of a spit shine. One YouTuber has made it his mission to clean up several classic cutscenes by using a machine learning process.

Meet Marcelus Castle Rain, a YouTuber who has used AI to provide enhanced visual clarity to a large number of classic video game intros. Among these AI-powered updates is the introduction for Diablo II, which has cleaned up the visual fidelity of the old cutscene pretty significantly.

A side-by-side comparison of the original cinematic and the new high-res version can be seen embedded below, and while this post focuses on Diablo II’s intro, it’s worth your time to flip through the playlist to see if the AI HD treatment for your personal favorite was applied. I’m personally a fan of the Ridge Racer Type 4 revamp myself.

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Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Nice to see new Diablo content.

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Akagi

I’d rather see a 3D remake of Diablo 2 with more content and more freedom like an open world, side quests, more interaction with NPCs and a more immersive feeling for the world of Sanctuary. Diablo 3 did not achieve that.

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Loyheta

Cool stuff. Good job, Al

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Fervor Bliss

Cool

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agemyth 😩

The current limitations of the tech are very apparent. The artifacting is pretty severe, but some spots look cool.

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Hirku

I’m using a texture pack for Morrowind that does a similar upscaling to all of the original textures. It’s subtle but really adds a lot of nice detail to the world while preserving the original look, perfect for stubborn purists like me who still want to polish things up a bit.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

..which has cleaned up the visual fidelity of the old cutscene pretty significantly.

Significantly?

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