Blizzard Really Tried Hard to Recapture Diablo 1 in Diablo 3’s “The Darkening of Tristram”

Blizzard is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Diablo series with in-game promotions in all their current games, however the most notable promotion is the new “The Darkening of Tristram” event in Diablo III.

The new event, coming in patch 2.4.3 for the game, will bring a reimagined dungeon based on the original game’s sixteen floor cathedral, as well as all four of the original bosses.

Featured above, you can view a new trailer showcasing the new update, with narration by lead designer Kevin Martens, senior designer Zaven Haroutunian, and senior designer Joe Shely.

It’s clear Blizzard put a lot of work into this anniversary celebration, going as far as applying a pixelated filter so the in-game assets look like pre-rendered sprites and such, as well as locking the camera in its classic, original position. They even reduced movement to the original eight directions, changed sounds to behave more like the older games, and even redid the UI.

With all this love put into a small easter egg, it makes you wonder how much more would be needed to just fully remake the original Diablo, with modern visuals? Would you like to see a Diablo remake, or is viewing it through rose-tinted glasses a better option? Sound off in the comments below!


Brandon Orselli


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