On the 31st of December the original Diablo reached 20 years of age, and in order to celebrate the venerable classic Blizzard has decided to do a variety of promotions across all of their games. Hearthstone added the Dark Wanderer Tavern Brawl, Overwatch added a bunch of new sprays, and perhaps most importantly, Diablo 3 added a brand new Diablo 1 inspired dungeon!
Its still mostly the same gameplay, but with a couple of twists to really amp up the nostalgia factor. First of all, the graphics have been downgraded in order to appear more pixelated and dark, while the camera has been greatly restricted in order to emulate how it worked back in the day. Your heroes are still able to use their full set of Diablo 3 abilities, but with no run option and much more rigid animations and sounds things should at least feel like they belong in Diablo 1.
But rather than simply blabber on and on about this new dungeon, allow me to instead show you the recently posted preview video. Have a look:
Naturally, Patch 2.4.3 brought with it a couple of other changes: item rebalance, a slight rework of the Greater Rift system, lower invincibility periods for many enemies, and so forth. If you're interested in all of the details I would recommend you head on over to the Battle.net blog.
Have fun with the event, but do keep in mind that this little dungeon is not meant as a replacement for Diablo 1! Its far too short and far too "Diablo 3" to ever properly emulate the original, but if you're looking for a short bout of nostalgia it does a rather good job at just that. And if not, you can always reinstall Diablo 1 and give it another spin!