Can't wait for Diablo 4? You might get a Diablo 2 HD remaster first

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Diablo 4 is coming, but we know it's going to be some time before it lands on PC and consoles - but could we get a Diablo 2 remaster in the meantime?

That's the latest rumor coming out of the crypts at Diablo developer Blizzard. According to Actugaming, the classic click-to-kill action RPG is going to get a remaster, called Diablo 2: Resurrected, before 2020 rolls into 2021.

The remake is reportedly being made by Vicarious Visions, a studio which sits under the Activision Blizzard umbrella, and which cut its teeth on tons of handheld ports, as well as more recently working on Destiny 2 and the Crash Bandicoot HD remakes.

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Ready for resurrection

Actugaming has a good track record with Blizzard-related leaks and rumors, with its editor accurately predicting previous Diablo 4, Shadowlands and Overwatch 2 announcements.

And there's definitely the appetite for Diablo 2 – it's the 20th anniversary of the game, a title that many fans still consider the best in the series, and which is said to be the basis for the upcoming sequel. Its dark tone is a fan favorite, compared to the slightly lighter Diablo 3.

Blizzard is in need of a remaster win at the moment too – the Warcraft 3 Reforged remake was very poorly received, mostly because of Activision Blizzard's move to claim ownership of mods made with the game. Diablo 2, remade right, could garner the company a lot of goodwill before the release of Diablo 4.

Gerald Lynch

Gerald is Editor-in-Chief of Previously he was the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Before TechRadar, Gerald was Editor of Gizmodo UK. He is also the author of 'Get Technology: Upgrade Your Future', published by Aurum Press.