Fairly big news for Diablo fans came from Blizzcon’s opening ceremony this year. The first is that the original Diablo will be recreated in Diablo 3. Said to be a free event, the announcement says to feature “almost everything you love about that great old game, from 16 levels and four main bosses to a special graphics filter that will make the graphics “pixelated and grainy,” and even character movement that’s locked to eight directions.” Furthermore, there’s promise of secrets that can be discovered. Overall, it is said to be very nostalgic.
Additionally, chief development officer Frank Pearce also revealed the return of the Necromancer class for Diablo 3. Stated to be a reimagining of the Diablo 2 necromancer, it will have some but not all of the abilities featured in Diablo 2, but at least the more iconic skills such as Bone Spear and Corpse Explosion will make a return.
The Necromancer class will, like the other classes, feature both genders and are not the same character as the Necromancer from Diablo 2 or Heroes of the Storm. The class will be sold as part of the Rise of the Necromancer pack. This pack will also include an in-game pet, two character slots, two extra stash tabs (on PC), a portrait frame, pennant, banner, and banner sigil. While no price has been specified yet, the expected release will be some time in 2017.
Furthermore, both the base Diablo 3 and the Reaper of Souls expansion will be required to play the character. Console players instead will need the Ultimate Evil Edition on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. As for regions, the class will be available to all regions that support Reaper of Souls or the Ultimate Evil Edition. Details on how to access the class will be available at a later date.
I can’t help but feel excitement over the idea of Diablo 1 being given any kind of love. It’s the game I lost my heart to, and even though Diablo 2 was a marvel of a game as well, I’ve always found myself drawn back to the first. Over the years, fan projects have been successful at bringing Diablo 1 to the modern era, even adopting some Diablo 2 mechanics and spells. But to see the company that has always worked on the IP breathe new life is something not even my own cynicism stands much of a chance to. However, it being worded as a free event worries me, as it could mean it’s only a temporary feature that may be removed at a later date.