Oh em jeez, this is totally happening. Announced at BlizzCon over the weekend, “The Darkening of Tristram” will be launched as a free update for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls on PC and consoles, featuring a 16-level dungeon, the four main bosses of the first Diablo game, “retro touches like special graphics filters and eight-direction character movement”, plus items like Wirt’s Leg and the Soulstone gem, and exclusive portraits, sigils, and other stuff. The remake will be out sometime in January as a new annual event, available only for a limited time.
Diablo II‘s death lover will be coming back to Sanctuary as a sold-separately DLC add-on, “Rise of the Necromancer”, scheduled to drop next year.
“Necromancers can expect darker, more controlled gameplay centered around the raw materials of life: blood and bone,” reads the official blurb. “Grounded in a philosophical, pragmatic approach to life and death, they’re more like a calculated conductor of the darkest arts. Deadly serious in their practice, they are the experts of curses and reanimation—and their pets obey their every command.”