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'Diablo III' Goes Retro With Necromancer, Old-School Demake
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The Necromancer is coming to 'Diablo III.' Blizzard Entertainment3/6

No new games, but plenty to talk about as Blizzard draws fans to Anaheim

No new games, but plenty to talk about as Blizzard draws fans to Anaheim

'Diablo III' Goes Retro With Necromancer, Old-School Demake

Action RPG Diablo celebrated its 20th anniversary at Blizzcon, and Blizzard came out of left field with its party plans: It's recreating all 16 levels of the 1996 original as a seasonal in-game event inside Diablo III. The Darkening of Tristram – a reference to the beleaguered village that the first Diablo is set in – will debut in an upcoming patch, and will return annually as an in-game event to Diablo III. Blizzard is introducing graphical filters aimed to simulate old-school displays, scoring the event with tinny, lo-fi music, and using crude animations that mimic the 2D classic's limitations on movement. Not at all surprising due to pre-show leaks (though no less welcome) was the announcement of the fan-favorite Necromancer as a playable class. On hiatus since Diablo II, the grim warrior with a decidedly metal fashion sense will return to Sanctuary sometime in 2017, as part of a paid-for expansion whose specific details are still a little hazy. One thing's for sure: the approach definitely suggests a shift for Diablo III, away from retail expansions like 2014's Reaper of Souls and toward smaller, and hopefully more frequent content drops.

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