It is no secret to anyone that things have not gone well at Blizzard in recent years and the company, one of the most iconic in the PC gaming scene, has found itself on shaky ground and under a cloud of doubts, rumors and speculation about its Projects. Today, the community and industry were surprised to learn that Vicarious Visions , a studio with an interesting story and responsible for remastering Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Crash Bandicoot, was absorbed by Blizzard and a few moments ago, the project was unofficially revealed. they’ve been working on.
After the integration of Vicarious Visions into Blizzard was made official, Jason Schreier, a Bloomberg journalist, complemented the information by revealing that the studio is working on nothing more and nothing less than a remake of Diablo II. According to the information, Vicarious Visions took over this project since last year and for that to happen, Blizzard had to dismantle Team 1, a team that until autumn 2020 was responsible for this remake.
Blizzard's Team 1 was responsible for StarCraft II, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft Remastered, and Warcraft 3 Reforged (which was the product of — surprise! — unrealistic deadlines created by financial pressures). Its next project was going to be the Diablo 2 remake.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 22, 2021
FAREWELL TO THE TEAM RESPONSIBLE FOR STARCRAFT II AND HEROES OF THE STORM
What does the dismantling of Team 1 mean? Well, the team responsible for StarCraft II , Heroes of the Storm , StarCraft Remastered and Warcraft 3 Reforged no longer exists. In that sense, it seems that Warcraft III: Reforged would have been the game that defined the destiny of this team since its poor reception and its low Metacritic rating, the lowest in the history of a Blizzard game, would have been the drop that spilled the glass. However, according to Schreier, this would not be properly Team 1’s fault, but rather Blizzard’s mishandling of Warcraft III: Reforged, he even points out, based on documents obtained by Bloomberg and anonymous testimonials, that Blizzard announced the game in 2018 and began pre-sale in 2019 without notifying Team 1, so the pressure became untenable and the game came out in a state that angered fans.
So far, Blizzard has not confirmed that Vicarious Visions is working on the Diablo II remake, but according to the reports and information that has emerged, it seems that it is an open secret that is close to being confirmed.
What do you think about the new Vicarious Visions project? Could they be the studio that saves Blizzard?
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