The crew was initially supposed to start engaged on a remake of Diablo 2 earlier than being dismantled.
A report by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier has make clear inside restructuring occurring at Blizzard Leisure. Amongst these adjustments, a serious one has reportedly seen Blizzard Workforce 1 – who developed final yr’s Warcraft 3: Reforged – being dismantled late final yr. Workforce 1 was additionally answerable for StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, and StarCraft Remastered.
As per the report, following the launch and widespread criticism of Warcraft 3: Reforged, Workforce 1 started preparations for work on its subsequent undertaking, a remake of Diablo 2. Earlier than work on that started, nevertheless, the crew set about to debate what had gone improper with Warcraft 3: Reforged’s improvement.
In keeping with inside Blizzard paperwork seen by Bloomberg, the remake’s improvement was stricken by miscommunication, mismanagement, and a rushed launch as a consequence of monetary pressures. The sport was introduced in November 2018, at which level Blizzard started accepting pre-orders for a 2019 launch, and this was executed with out the data of a lot of the improvement crew.
Whereas Blizzard Workforce 1 was centered on guaranteeing that related errors weren’t repeated, Blizzard finally pulled the Diablo 2 remake undertaking and handed it to the crew engaged on Diablo 4 (who’re reportedly curretly overseeing the remake, with Vicarious Visions, who have been just lately merged into Blizzard as a assist studio, engaged on the sport).
In October 2020, Blizzard dissolved Workforce 1, dismantling the division solely. Many Workforce 1 staff got the possibility to interview for positions elsewhere at Blizzard, however a number of builders have been let go. Fairly a number of Workforce 1 employees selected to affix indie groups like DreamHaven – a newly arrange recreation improvement firm led by former CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Leisure, Mike Morhaime – or Frost Large, one other developer arrange by former Blizzard veterans.
A Blizzard spokesperson stated to Bloomberg when requested about Warcraft 3: Reforged’s deliberate updates and fixes: “We’re nonetheless dedicated to updates in assist of the group.” It stays to be seen who will probably be in control of the remake’s post-launch plans.