Diablo “Remake” Coming Early Next Year
As part of Diablo’s 20th anniversary, Blizzard is giving the original Diablo the remake treatment. Announced at BlizzCon 2016’s opening ceremony, the classic dungeon-crawler comes to Diablo III as part of an annual event.
With the Darkening of Tristam, players will return to 1996. Like the original, movement will be locked to just eight directions, as opposed to the free movement of later titles. The original soundtrack will also return, along with the grainy, pixelated graphics of the 90s. Players can play through the event with both new and existing Diablo III characters. Though to add to the challenge, Blizzard recommends heading in with a new character.
Blizzard also announced the addition of a new hero, the Necromancer. Returning from the second game of the series, the Necromancer gives players the ability to raise an undead army. The new hero class will be available in the Rise of the Necromancer content pack, available 2017.
Darkening of Tristam will come to both PC and consoles early next year. To access the free event players must own the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion. PC players will get early access to the Darkening of Tristam when it comes to Diablo III’s Public Test Realm next week.
Command a new army of the dead. The Rise of the Necromancer pack is coming to Diablo III in 2017. pic.twitter.com/7R2Qj455S1
— Diablo (@Diablo) November 4, 2016