Diablo II Resurrected will allow old save file transfers, will likely be Blizzard’s last remaster

    
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I have to wonder who would be hanging on to an old Diablo II save file but then I check myself as I look at a screenshot folder that still has old shots from WildStar, so maybe it’s not so fargone a conclusion that there are plenty of folks hanging on to their old ARPG toons. If you count yourself among that number, you’ll be happy to learn that Diablo II Resurrected will allow you to import that old save file into the game.

An interview with game producer Matthew Cederquist confirmed the feature, saying, “Back when we were working on [the remaster], we wondered if the old save files would work, so we kind of shoved it in, and it worked! So yes, your local single player save files will carry over.” This isn’t just a simple injection of an old character into the original game, either: the old save file will even be able to pick up right where it left off, and players can even turn on a toggle that lets the game run in its legacy form. At which point you really should just play vanilla Diablo II, honestly.

On the subject of Blizzard remasters, it would appear that D2R will be the company’s last according to another interview with Blizzard’s senior vice president Allen Adham. “It’s worth pointing out we’re now pretty much out of things to remaster,” Adham says in the piece. “So going forward, you can expect to see some new stuff. […] Our development pipeline today is as rich as it’s ever been. And we have new teams working on new games, new game types.”

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Slaasher

“So going forward, you can expect to see some new stuff. […] Our development pipeline today is as rich as it’s ever been. And we have new teams working on new games, new game types.”

I’m not as opposed to Blizzard as many seem to be as I enjoy several of their games still to this day but it takes a special shade of rose coloured glasses to make a statement like this.
They launched OW almost 5 years ago now? Before that….? Their “new IP pipeline” has looked pretty bare bones for the past decade or so. Especially considering their size and resources.

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ogged451

I would probably play a Diablo Immortal Remastered on PC …

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Arktouros

That’s actually pretty cool for people.

As for Blizzard’s last remaster I am skeptical. If WOW doesn’t relaunch WOW Classic again with a whole big graphics overhaul or something in the next 10 years I’d be pretty surprised.

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zoward

Wouldn’t it have made more sense to do this instead of releasing WoW Classic if they were going to? People may be a little hesitant to go back to the “classic” world a third time.

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Arktouros

I dunno a lot of people initially were hyper polarized over what was and what wasn’t classic. If I’m not mistaken they’re still updating newer graphics in retail WOW still as well for various characters and models. Give it another decade and they’ll be ripe for a total overhaul.

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Jack Pipsam

I mean, they don’t have to do a full on flashy version of it, but having a HD version of like Warcraft 1 or 2 would be neat, or Diablo 1 etc.

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Vanquesse V

At the least D1+hellfire is sold on gog in a form that is playable on a modern pc, not quite the remake the game deserves but it’s better than the game not being sold at all

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Danny Smith

I’m expecting a whole lot of mobile kusoge now call of duty mobile is making bank and blizzard has always looked like a shitty runner up to king to the shareholders nowadays.

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Vanquesse V

on the topic of modding, fooling around with data files will be supported, and with more options in said files as they have removed some hardcoded stuff, but tinkering with the client executable will not be okay

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Krzysztof Czajka

Years ago that would be exciting. Now? Probably mobile games within existing IPs.