Diablo 2 Resurrected Censored by Blizzard


Going back in time with Blizzard and revisiting their now-classic games, one is quickly reminded how gritty and harsh some of the graphics (and stories) could be. While they may seem cartoony today, much of the older art was decidedly adult without straying into explicit territory. One of the complaints for modern Blizzard is that many of their modern games – or perhaps all of them – have moved away from that early style and into a more pixar-esque, family friendly vibe.

Now Blizzard is retroactively going back and censoring Diablo 2 in their Resurrected remaster. According to sources, as well as confirmed by Blizzard developer legend Mark Kern, the Amazon character from Diablo is being censored so as not to be as “sexualized”.

Meanwhile, the original project lead on Diablo 2 – as well as creator of the entire franchise – David Brevik has yet to weigh in on the subject. Up until this time, he’s been very positive about the remaster, so it will be interesting to see how he opines.

One of the tragedies of the modern world is that we are sanitizing art at brake neck speed, while simultaneous riots spew incredible amounts of violence and hatred onto television screens around the world. It would seem that our interests in sterilizing all our art to current standards might be more constructively aimed at bridging the divide between conservatives and liberals, between neighbors, between races, between genders, and more. Unfortunately, we’ll probably be forced to continue to watch this burgeoning culture war unfold, and meanwhile Blizzard is almost certainly censoring the Amazon solely to get the game into China.

After all, in China you can have genocide and slavery, but you can have butts. It would be best if the western world try to go as far in the opposite direction as possible.

Well… maybe with some discretion as to how many butts we have to see in one day. They’re not all they’re cracked up to be.

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