Very, very sad news. After successful remakes like Crash Bandicoot, Crash Team Racing, Spyro and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 Vicarious Visions will no longer lead any project anymore.
Activision announced Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 developer Vicarious Visions had been absorbed by Blizzard to provide support on future projects. We now know that one of those projects is a Diablo II remake.
According to Bloomberg, Vicarious Visions has been supporting Blizzard’s Team 3—which is also responsible for the upcoming Diablo IV—for several months in developing a remake of 2000’s Diablo II.
The remake was originally under the purview of Team 1, the group responsible for a disaster called Warcraft III: Reforged, before the project was eventually handed over to Team 3 sometime last year. Team 1 has since been dissolved, with some employees transferring to new jobs at Blizzard and the rest being let go.
Does anyone ever care about Diablo franchise at this point?