Diablo fans, here is something really cool for you today. Michael ReznoR has shared a video, showing the classic Diablo 2 game being upscaled in 4K and running at 60fps. Thus, this video will give you an idea of what a proper – and faithful – remaster of Diablo 2 could look like.
In order to create this video, Michael ReznoR used Deep Learning Neural Network AI and Advanced Motion Interpolation. By using these techniques, ReznoR was able to upscale, enhance and smooth the original Diablo 2 gameplay.
As ReznoR noted:
“Diablo II: Lord of Destruction runs in 800x600 with a 25fps cap. The original 4:3 aspect ratio and viewport are preserved here and as a bonus the EAX Environmental Effects and 3D audio known from old Creative Sound Blaster Audigy/X-Fi cards are enabled in this demo as well as Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF).”
The end result is retro-spectacular, and we highly recommend watching the video. Unfortunately, though, this is just a video enhancement project and not an actual mod for Diablo 2. In other words, there is no way to experience Diablo 2 like this.
Back in January 2020, we informed you about an AI-enhanced Texture Pack that was in development for Diablo 2. Sadly, this pack may not see the light of day. Instead, its creator has released a free tech demo that you can play. There are rumors that Blizzard may soon announce a Diablo 2 Remaster. However, these are just rumors and nothing more (at least for now). Thus, the only way you can, somehow, experience Diablo 2 Remaster is via this free tech demo.
Lastly, here is also a video showing a Diablo 2 Fan Remaster in Unreal Engine 4.