Play the original Diablo in Diablo 3 in The Darkening of Tristram


Closing out the ceremony was Frank Pearce who took to the stage to talk about Diablo 3.  On the eve of the 20th anniversary, Blizzard wanted to do something special in Diablo 3 to celebrate.

Blizzard has decided to recreate the original Diablo inside Diablo 3. The Darkening of Tristram will send players back to the depths of the Cathedral in a new 16 level dungeon.

The four main bosses from the game will make a re-appearance and Frank Pearce stated t

hat the “Art and sound harken back to 20 years ago, special graphic filters to make the graphics pixelated and grainy. Character movement locked to 8 directions.”

Pearce said the best way to experience the new levels is to roll a new character but it will be available to all characters.

A patch will appear on the PTR next week for a first taste and more details will be available later today at the 20th anniversary celebrations starting at 5PM PST.

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  1. Unpleasant surprise.

  2. I thought this dude was joking when he said they were going to apply filters that pixelate and add grain, but he was actually serious…

    There are some things that I personally would like to leave in the past….was hoping diablo 3 wasn’t one of them.

    • Yeah.. It seems like a lame way to fluff the D3 player count using D1 nostalgia. Kind of shady. I’m sure they need the higher player count to please investors each fiscal quarter.

    • Exaclty (!) what I was thinking. That sure would’ve been a way to announce a full-fledged Diablo 1 Remastered. “Just kidding, guys… Diablo 1 dungeon in Diablo 3? That does sound a bit lame, doesnt’t it? Take a look at what we really have in store for you Diablo nostalgics out there… (starting out with – of course – Cain’s “stay a while and listen” standing by the Tristram fountain).

      I am dissapoint! :/

    • Oh, the fun doesn’t stop there. They’re also bringing back other fan favourites like loading screens, item duping, potion spam, inventory slot-based gold, the 1/3 screen UI, …

  3. I love it and can’t wait to play through it. Thanks Frank!

  4. I’m just trying to picture the moment someone convinced them this was a good idea.

  5. wow awesome news.. thanks frank the tank 😀

  6. this is like offering us a ferrari with pedals and no wheels

  7. Well, as long as it’s free…

    However keep your 8bit filters to yourselves. If I wanted blocky graphics, I would fire up the original instead.

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