Return To Hell In Blizzard's Original Diablo Remade For Diablo 3 With Darkening of Tristram Update

It has been twenty years since the release of Diablo, and Blizzard is celebrating with some very special new content. The team is recreating the original Diablo inside Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls with its "The Darkening of Tristram” update. The forthcoming update was announced at BlizzCon 2016. 

The Darkening of Tristram will offer a sixteen-level dungeon with the four main bosses from Diablo. The name of the bosses have not been clarified yet. There is speculation, however, that they will be the Butcher (Level 2), King Leoric (Level 3), Archbishop Lazarus (a secret lair adjacent to Level 15), and Diablo or the “Lord of Terror”.

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The art style is reminiscent of the original game and comes with visual filters that make the game look pixelated and grainy. Frank Pearce, Blizzard's chief development officer, remarked, “we call it ‘glorious retrovision’”. He also stated that the best way to experience the update is to start the game with a fresh character, although the content will be available for all characters. Pearce noted, “It will be a proper old-school Diablo experience.”

The Darkening of Tristram is not the only new addition to Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. Two new zones, the Shrouded Moors and Temple of the First Born, will be available next year. The game will also be receiving a necromancer character pack, a new in-game pet, two additional stash and character slots, and few cosmetic items.

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The Darkening of Tristram will be available for free to anyone who has the Reaper of Souls expansion on PC, or the Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 and Xbox One. We currently do not know the cost or release date of the necromancer pack or the other Diablo 3 additions. The Darkening of Tristram will also appear on Diablo 3's Public Test Realm next week.

Diablo is an action role-playing “hack and slash” video game that was released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996. The player is tasked with defeating Diablo, the Lord of Terror, in the fictional Kingdom of Khanduras. The game was incredibly well-received and sold 2.5 million copies within the first five years of its release.