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With no more games to remaster, Blizzard is working on new ideas for its future

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Diablo 2 resurrected

Dibalo 2: Resurrected 2 Furious isn’t just Blizzard’s latest game to get the remaster treatment, but possibly the last one for quite some time. With the studio having done a fair job on bringing some of its older classics back to life with a few modern touches and a new coat of paint over the years, it’s perhaps a tad bit too early to start writing speculation posts about Overwatch: Reforged Edition or Hearthstone: That’s a Big Deck You Got There.

“It’s worth pointing out we’re now pretty much out of things to remaster,” Blizzard senior vice president Allen Adham told CNET.

So going forward, you can expect to see some new stuff. But just to be crystal clear, our development pipeline today is as rich as it’s ever been. And we have new teams working on new games, new game types.

Part of this commitment to step away from the past has resulted in Blizzard dismantling its “Classic Games” division according to Bloomberg, where games such as StarCraft: Remastered and Warcraft 3: Reforged were born. Of course there’s still plenty of other material that the company could give an update to, such as the original Diablo or Warcraft 2, but for now it looks like Blizzard genuinely wants to step out of safe waters and into more experimental territory.

Also, I just forgot that the Blizzard Arcade Collection, a bundle including The Lost Vikings 1, Rock N Roll Racing, and Blackthorne, was announced at BlizzCon 2021 but it’s Friday and I’m too lazy to rewrite my entire opening. Whatever new IP it is that Blizzard’s working on, it’ll likely be quite a while before it lands.

Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 are in the pipeline, the current remasters still need to stick the landing, and maybe someone will finally make the right decision and hand StarCraft: Ghost over to Platinum Games. Nostalgia can of course only carry a company so far, before fresh ideas are needed to take a studio into a fresh new era of possibility.

And then you can start mining those ideas for remasters. Progress!

Last Updated: March 5, 2021

5 Comments

  1. “It’s worth pointing out we’re now pretty much out of things to remaster,”

    Surely Warhammer has other settings they can co… remaster?

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  2. Skyblue

    March 5, 2021 at 05:51

    I have a new idea for them. How about creating a game with a single release strategy that includes a stunning single player campaign and a compelling multiplayer component… Now for the kicker, release it in one single package and make gamers fall in love with you again.

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  3. Daniel Hallinan

    March 5, 2021 at 06:23

    I’m curious what Blizzard could do with a new IP, though I admit it’s not something that I’m particularly excited about. While Blizzard has proven itself quite capable when it comes to great visual design, I’ve
    struggled to enjoy their writing since (and including) Star Craft 2.

    I’m not quite sure it’s something they’re particularly interested in changing, though – which is fair, it seems most people seem happy with it. But ooph, it hurts me.

    Reply

  4. Daniel Hallinan

    March 5, 2021 at 06:23

    I’m curious what Blizzard could do with a new IP, though I admit it’s not something that I’m particularly excited about. While Blizzard has proven itself quite capable when it comes to great visual design, I’ve
    struggled to enjoy their writing since (and including) Star Craft 2.

    I’m not quite sure it’s something they’re particularly interested in changing, though – which is fair, it seems most people seem happy with it. But ooph, it hurts me.

    Reply

  5. Iskape

    March 8, 2021 at 01:53

    They better. I am tired of all the rehashes! Give us something really fresh guys!

    Reply

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