Leading developer Nightdive Studios suggested that Microsoft remaster Heretic and Hexen

Leading developer Nightdive Studios suggested that Microsoft remaster Heretic and Hexen

Lead developer at Nightdive Studios is Samuel Villarreal asked Microsoft will allow his team to create remasters of Raven Software’s iconic retro games Heretic and Hexen, released in 1994 and 1995, based on id Software’s Doom engine.

Villarreal recalled that Nightdive has a lot of experience with remasters and remakes of interesting games. According to him, the developers of the studio have “a long history and extensive knowledge” with Heretic and Hexen.

Nightdive Studios recently released a remaster of Quake II for Bethesda with updated textures, models and lighting for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series and Nintendo Switch. Previously, the company worked on the remake of System Shock and remasters of Doom 64, Blood, Rise of the Triad, PowerSlave, as well as a number of other games.

Until the head of Microsoft’s gaming division, Phil Spencer, who is a fan of Hexen, did not respond to Villarreal.

Activision bought Raven Software in 1997. This year, Hexen II was released on the Quake engine, and in 1999, Heretic II was released on the basis of Quake II. Activision has already become the publisher of these games.

In September 2020, Microsoft acquired ZeniMax Media (owner of Bethesda and id Software) for $7.5 billion.

On October 13, Microsoft announced the completion of the purchase of Activision Blizzard. The corporation now owns all of the publisher’s internal studios and IP. The value of the deal was $68.7 billion — the largest acquisition in the history of the gaming industry.

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