Larzuk is a humble Barbarian craftsman you stumble throughout in Act 5 of Diablo 2 in Harrogath. He palms you the primary quest of the Lord of Destruction growth, which duties you with destroying the taskmaster, Shenk the Overseer, liable for the unending siege in town. There’s additionally an opportunity Marky Mark – higher identified lately as Mark Wahlberg – serves as his inspiration.
We just lately acquired the prospect to meet up with Diablo 2 Resurrected lead artist Chris Amaral and lead producer Chris Lena. During our chat, Amaral tells me that the Blizzard and Vicarious Visions groups profit from loads of previous notes and reference pictures from the unique Diablo 2, which they depend on to ensure the upcoming remaster is trustworthy. Naturally, we needed to ask them if something surprising or amusing got here up once they had been poking round within the sport’s historical past.
“I believe Larzuk. I’m unsure for those who’re accustomed to Larzuk – he’s a barbarian NPC in Act Five and Harrogath. His inspiration was Marky Mark, no less than based on the reference picture that we discovered,” Amaral explains. “So that was actually the one unusual factor we discovered. Everything else appeared just about on par. Even trying on the artwork you’d by no means have . . . there was no correlation between [them]. I simply thought, possibly, somebody simply threw it in there as a joke.”
If you’re curious whether or not this implies Larzuk shall be extra Marky Mark-like in Diablo 2 Resurrected, the reply is no, sadly.
“We do have a look at the reference pictures, however our important focus is the sprite sport artwork,” Amaral confirms. “We use it to find out make the HD model.”
Funnily sufficient, that’s in all probability not the one reference to Marky Mark within the sport. One of the basic PC sport’s weapons is known as The Diggler, a singular model of the Dirk dagger. Plenty take it to be an unsubtle reference to Mark Wahlberg’s character in Boogie Nights Dirk Diggler. The extra you already know.