For Diablo’s 20th Anniversary, Blizzard is rebuilding the whole of Diablo 1 inside Diablo 3. Yeah, that is a pretty big one. The whole of Diablo I, with its dive deeper and deeper underground to finally kill Big Red is going to be playing in Diablo 3 as part of the its 20th anniversary celebration.
Playing in Diablo I will include a “retrovision” filter to make things like pixellated and grainy. All movement is restricted to 8 directions, instead of full 360-degree movement that players are accustomed to. Get ready to (re)learn how to use doors as kill gates that enemies must pass through, and several other tricks to be used with just 8 degrees of movement. It will also feature the original music.
Two new zones are being added to adventure mode, adding to the replayability of arguably Diablo’s best mode. The biggest reveal, which is also the one I saw the most mixed response to, was the announcement of the Necromancer.
The Necromancer is going to be added to Diablo III as part of a paid for character pack, called Rise of the Necromancer. It includes an in-game pet, two extra characters slots, two extra stash tabs, a portrait frame, pennant, banner and banner sigil. No price has been confirmed yet.
The Necromancer will use abilities like corpse explosion, bone spear, summon skeletons and blood rush, and has been designed using skills from Diablo II as well as design elements of Xul from Heroes of the Storm.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Megarom and Blizzard Entertainment for a Virtual Ticket for coverage of BlizzCon 2016.