By the beginning of this century, Blizzard already had its "holy trinity" of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. The popularity of these games was already huge in the late nineties so their developers did not need to invent hot water with them. Yet, four years after the release of the original Diablo, Blizzard has launched a game that has swept all our expectations.
Diablo 2, which came out on this day 21 years ago, has brought us a much bigger world, more classes, more enemies, and a more significant focus on cooperative multiplayer. Through the four chapters of this game, we visited diverse regions, including the desert and the rainforest. Unlike the initial three classes in the original, the sequel initially had five classes: Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, and Witch.
In multiplayer, up to eight players could join forces, who could be divided into groups and practice the PvP way of playing. The popular method of gaming at the time was still LAN multiplayer, and the cult Battle.net was used on the global internet.
It was through its multiplayer component that Diablo 2 lived for years after its release. Blizzard has been regularly releasing and still releasing updates for this game, although a sequel for a good half-decade and more. Diablo 2 is also extremely popular in the speedrunner scene, which made the transition of the game in an insanely short time.
One of the reasons why Diablo 2 has survived to this day lies in the atmosphere of the game itself. This was the last Diablo that Blizzard made dark and creepy, as well as befitting a game in which we chase the devil himself. Although the third part of the series also achieved a notable result, many fans despised him, at least initially, for his more cheerful visual style.
Interestingly, the original Diablo 2 was and remains a PC exclusive (although the first part also came on the PlayStation), and has thus attracted more than ten million players. But this fall that will change as the remastered edition of Diablo 2: Resurrected for PC and consoles arrives. We all still fear the fate of Warcraft 3 Reforged, but by all accounts, the resurrection of Diablo 2 should be almost sinless.