Fans of the Diablo series rejoiced, much to their chagrin, when Blizzard announced what fans were waiting for years to hear. Blizzard is making Diablo IV. That being said, it isn’t looking to be a soon-to-release game, they are taking their time building it up. So, some fans have questioned whether there would be a Diablo II Remastered. Sadly, it appears that would be a grueling task for Blizzard to undertake.
During an interview with GameSpot, Max Schaefer, Erich Schaefer, and David Brevik took part in, the Schaefer brothers told the story of Diablo II‘s development and a developer’s worst nightmare. Early into the development of the game, they lost all its root code. Now, normally a developer would backtrack to the last backup of the game they had and rework from there, however, they had neglected that important factor and were stuck panicking for a day or two.
“It’s all gone. We were supposed to have a backup but neglected it. We spent a day or two in sheer panic.”
“All the assets we used are pretty much gone.”
Luckily, the team did have developer copies that went home with the devs, this meant not all hope was lost. But, without the root code, it would be astronomically more difficult for a Diablo II Remastered to actually happen.
“[We] finally rebuilt a lot of it through what people had at their homes, I had a big chunk of it. Went home, pulled out the hard drive or whatever we did back then. Spent a few days reconstructing it, which ended up working fine, except that we lost all the history. We lost a lot of the assets, art assets. It would make it very difficult for Blizzard to do a Diablo 2 remaster because all the assets we used are pretty much gone. They’d have to make them from scratch.”
Diablo IV will hopefully mend the anger fans held when Diablo: Immortal was announced as a mobile title. But, on the other hand, much like Overwatch 2, it may fall victim to association with Blizzard who are still catching some fire for suspending a Hearthstone champion for using where he was as a brief political platform where he showed support for the protesters seeking democracy in Hong Kong.