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Diablo 2 remaster with AI upscaling looks DEVILISHLY good

If a Diablo 2 remake as these AI upscaled graphics, I would play the HELL out of it.

Published Sun, May 12 2019 8:39 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:48 AM CST

If there was a game that would benefit from AI upscaled textures it would have to be Diablo 2, with its now low-res graphics being upgraded through AI. Yeah, AI is helping make old classics like Diablo 2 come back to life looking better than ever before.

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According to Redditor 'Indoflaven' who has been "playing around with ESRGAN and decided to see how it would handle Diablo 2. This is done using the Manga109 model with a 1024x768 source image". The AI upscaling method 'ESRGAN' stands for Enhanced Super Resolution Generative Adversarial Networks which adds more detail to low-resolution images, making it perfect for low-res games from the 90s.

The team behind ESRGAN explains its tech: "By doing it over several passes with the goal of fooling its adverserial [sic] part, it will usually produce an image with more fidelity and realism than past methods. I have upscaled the textures in Morrowind to four times the vanilla resolution using ESRGAN. Below you can compare various models' results to the original (HR)".

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This is not running in real-time at all as Indoflaven used the Manga109 model for ESRGAN to upscale the included screenshots, up from their original 1024x768 resolution -- which back in the 90s when Diablo 2 came out, was incredible. There's no HD texture pack for Diablo 2 or download here, just the 'what if' of a high-res Diablo 2.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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