For years, Blizzard faithful have been clamoring for a remake or remaster of Diablo II, and now that StarCraft’s remaster is fresh out of the hatchery, they’ve only gotten louder. One fan is trying to give them the next best thing.
The Curse Of Tristram is a mod project that aims to create an updated version of Diablo II inside StarCraft II, despite the fact that the former is an action-RPG and the latter is a real-time strategy game. While you’d think Diablo III would make more sense as the vessel for this act of video game necromancy, it’s not easily moddable, while StarCraft II’s map/mod-making tools are pretty dang robust, all things considered.
It’s a titanic undertaking, but creator Etienne Godbout has been working on it since 2014, and he’s made some impressive progress:
Godbout is supporting the project with an Indiegogo, which could draw Blizzard’s ire. That said, the company has OK-ed crowdfunding drives for large-scale fan projects like StarCraft Universe in the past, so maybe it’ll give this one a pass too.
It’s worth noting that StarCraft II already contains an arcade minigame named after another Blizzard classic, The Lost Vikings, meaning that all we need to do is cram Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Blackthorne, and Rock ‘n’ Roll Racing in there, and we’ll have a full set.