In light of Warcraft 3 Reforged, I thought I would just throw this out here nice and early. I think it’s pretty likely that they’re at the very least investigating D2 remastered, so here are things for Blizzard to remember. I also doubt they’ll read this, but they can’t say I didn’t warn them.
Don’t make them. Finish the game and release it when it’s done. Your marketing team won’t be happy, but at least your customers will be. Saying stuff like “remastered cinematics”, and not doing it doesn’t look good.
Don’t mess with the original client. There is no need for the “it’s more work to maintain two clients” excuse. You don’t need to update the original client, leave it be. Add a second download option for the remastered edition. There are dozens of other games that have done this. No it won’t split the playerbase. If you do things right everyone will be too busy playing the remastered. But if something were to happen, we have the ability to comfortably return to the classic edition. This not only preserves the original experience, but also separates it.
Don’t screw over classic players
I play with the classic graphics in Brood war. I’ve been playing it this way for decades. I don’t want the updated visuals, but I do like the other enhancments (hotkeys!). Don’t make my experience worse because I choose the old graphics. WC3 doesn’t do justice for classic players. SC does a pretty good job. Diablo 2 should follow Starcrafts example.
If you don’t follow this advice, then more outrage is assured. A feature won’t pan out, a bug will present itself, someone will say something they shouldn’t, or the classic experience will degrade. So save yourself the trouble, and do things right.