The Diablo 3 Darkening of Tristram event was originally conceived as a way for the game to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Blizzard's great action-RPG.
The first event, held in January 2017 was such a success that every year Blizzard rolls out the pixelated carpet to remember the time honoured tradition.
For anyone new to the game or a memory like a sieve, the Darkening of Tristram recreates the original Diablo game dungeon but within the insanely popular Diablo 3.
As PC Gamer has previously noted, it even adds "pixelated graphics, stiffer animations, and other old-school visual elements".
In fact, in their review, the PC gaming experts called the event "beautifully done", which is as good a compliment you can give for something intended to look dated and janky.
And as you might have guessed, the Darkening of Tristram will return to PS4, Xbox One and PC for another shot this coming January.
"Whether you’re a series veteran craving nostalgia, or a newcomer hungry for your first taste of the franchise’s past, this annual loving homage to the earliest days of Diablo is for you," teased Blizzard.
In a new blog post the developers announced that this new Darkening of Tristram anniversary event would run throughout the month of January, giving players plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.
More specifically, cultists have already begun appearing since January 1 at 01:00 CET, and the portal to the old dungeon opens January 4 at the same hour.
This means that those of you reading this in the UK, you only have to wait until midnight tonight before you can tackle the original Diablo dungeon.
Keep reading as we outline and explore the anniversary dungeon and its unique rewards.
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Stop the Cultists
Your journey begins on the trail of a group of mysterious cultists causing trouble in Sanctuary.
As you hunt them down in Adventure Mode, you’ll uncover clues leading to a portal into Tristram’s past, and the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago..
Explore the Cathedral
Follow the clues and you’ll soon find yourself in a realm of glorious RetroVision™, where an all-too-familiar cathedral looms. Explore the depths and you’ll discover familiar enemies and iconic items, all brought to life in the Diablo III engine.
Meanwhile, deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord himself awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him…
Discover Precious Loot
What is a Diablo game without shiny new loot to call your own? Completing activities in the anniversary event yields unique transmogrification effects, achievements, portraits, pets, and more.
While some rewards are easy to find, others may have you scouring every nook or unlocking every achievement before you can get your hands on them. Can you earn them all?
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