Since 2017, Blizzard has run an annual limited-time event in Diablo III that celebrates the history of the franchise through a homage to the first game.
The event is called ‘The Darkening of Tristram’ and sets players the task of exploring the ancient Cathedral and the many labyrinthine passages below it, which are filled with evil cultists, demons, and undead monsters.
Players can access the event in Adventure Mode, which will give them the opportunity to explore the events that unfolded in the very first Diablo game. The event utilises what Blizzard calls “RetroVision,” a visual style that replicates old-school PC graphics.
Of course, special rewards are available for those fans who take up the challenge, with unique transmogrification effects, achievements, and mini pets available for completing certain activities during the event.
2019 will mark the first time that the special event is available for Nintendo Switch players, since Diablo III was only ported to the console towards the end of 2018.
The Darkening of Tristram Anniversary event is set to run until January 31, 2019.