“This isn’t a remake,” says Rod Ferguson, who has been responsible for everything Diablo at Blizzard since early 2020. He’s talking about Diablo 2: Resurrected, a new rePresident Advertise at BlizzCon. It’s been rumored for years, and here it is, finally, will appear on PC and consoles later in 2021. There’s sleek new 3D graphics and some modern conveniences in Resurrected, but expect it to feel a lot like Diablo 2 released in 2000 — because it’s so far.
“We’re not trying to reverse engineer a game and build it from scratch to look like D2,” Ferguson says. “This is D2. It’s the same basic gameplay, the same story and tone, even the same voices for the same actors.”
Still, there are plenty of new features in Diablo 2: Resurrected, including a 3D engine, Dolby surround sound, the convenience of shared item storage and an integrated Battle.net friend list. Below we’ve rounded up everything we know about Diablo 2: it’s revived, including details on the alpha, release date, and what Blizzard has changed.
What is the release date for Diablo 2: Resurrection?
September 23, 2021. A multiplayer open beta will take place in August on Supported Platforms. Beta players will have access to the Amazon, Barbarian, Paladin, Sorceress, and Druid chapters, while the Necromancer and Assassin chapters will be delayed until launch.
Diablo 2: alpha art restore launches in April
Blizzard has announced the dates for the first alpha technical test for Diablo 2: Resurrected. Alpha will run from Friday, April 9 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET, and running through April 12 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. You can still register before the test starts Diablo 2.com.
The tech quiz will include access to three of the seven chapters of Diablo 2 – Barbarian, Amazon and Sorceress – and the game’s first two full-fledged operations including boss fights with Andariel, Maiden of Anguish, who has resided in Rogue Abbey and the lord of pain Dorel who waits in the Lotte Gulen desert.
What are the seasons in Diablo 2: Resurrection?
Every category of Diablo 2 and its Lord of Destruction expansion is intact in Diablo 2: Resurrected. In fact, this applies to all content and expansion of the game – Blizzard has not added or removed any regions, items or quests.
As a refresher, Diablo 2 chapters are:
Here’s the first trailer for Diablo 2: Resurrected
How much will Diablo 2: Bring back to life?
Diablo 2: Resurrected will cost $39.99 on PC.
What’s new in Remaster?
3D graphics and Dolby 7.1: An all-new graphic engine Blizzard is tired of pointing out that it uses a “material based rendering” and all-new animations, models, textures, and visual effects. Basically, all you need to know is that it is 3D and the dynamic lighting will be compatible with the new models. Expect 4K and support higher refresh rate.
Mastering surround sound is new, but the sound effects themselves are not. “We’re upping the ante in the world, so you can hear the wind blowing through the streets and the rustle in the woods,” Ferguson says. “But we don’t change those distinct sounds, like putting a skull in a cavity or putting a potion in your belt. The things that Pavlovian response responds to, knowing it’s Diablo 2. Those are the sounds I’m still going to hear.”
Common element cache: Say goodbye to mule characters. You will now have a cache of shared items to use between multiple characters, so you don’t need to allocate other characters for the shlepping task and equipment storage. This is perhaps the biggest change in quality of life compared to the original game.
Auto loot and other QoL upgrades are optional: says lead designer Rob Gallerani, who works at Vicarious Visions, a studio Now under the umbrella of Blizzard. “If you want to get gold by clicking on it, you can still do that. If you want to run over it to pick it up, you can run over it.” There are new hotkeys. There is an automatic party system to automatically join games and automatically invite people to your game, but it is optional. If you want to type ‘pp’ in chat the old-fashioned way, you can still.
Scenes have been completely recreated: This is the only place where D2R actually exists he is remake. The movie scenes were completely recreated rather than upgraded from the original files, but with the participation of the people who worked on the movie scenes in 2000. “We wanted to take this really dramatic story and take all 27 minutes of cinema…from scratch with modern technology and CGI, Ferguson says. “So it’s going to look great. But again, the same shows, take-on-shot, if they were cut from one scene to the next in the original, they would be cut at that moment in the reproduction of those videos.”
Modification: There are 20 years of Diablo 2 mods at this point, and Diablo 2: Resurrected will still allow mods. But it won’t work exactly the same way, because modern Battle.net is much tougher and more secure. Gallerani referred to .DLL injection as something you can do with the classic Diablo 2 that you can’t do with D2R. However, he also said that many parts of the game that once required those kinds of invasive mods to modify have been converted into easily modifiable data, so modders will still have access to them despite Battle.net’s tight security.
Battle.net friend lists, dedicated servers, and security: Gallerani says Blizzard is “actively discouraging” exploits such as item scams and hoarding, things that the modern Battle.net client helps prevent. It also offers the benefits of being able to tap on a friend’s name to invite them without typing an IP address or scrolling through a list of gaming lobbies. Hosting games now means you host a dedicated Battle.net server for people to join.
Via Progress with Controllers: Diablo 2 is being released for PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch, and Blizzard supports cross-progression with PC. I asked about which console, but Ferguson said this was still being discussed (smart money says Nintendo and Xbox are closed, but Sony is still up in the air).
Console support on PC: he’s there.
It’s a completely separate game: The classic Diablo 2 remains the same. Diablo 2: Resurrected is a separate game. The multiplayer ladder board is now universal, but how it all works will be very familiar.
Accessibility features: Blizzard has added a color-blindness/low vision mode and made changes to how text is displayed to make it more intuitive. Blizzard also noted that console support is good for accessibility.
What doesn’t change from the original Diablo 2?
Content: Includes Diablo 2 apocalypse and the Lord of Destruction expansion. Same 7 characters, same campaigns, no new modes or story. It’s Diablo 2. The developers of Blizzard said they are they were She tended to add more material, but decided to focus on nailing the adapter.
Original graphics and game code: Switch to classic Diablo 2 graphics on the go and replace the new dynamically lit 3D with classic 2D sprites. This is because Resurrected is working on this original code.
“The game’s logic and all of the sprites, paths and gear data, your drop rates and chance of hitting and percentages, and whether that monster chose to bleed because you hit them, is still driven by the old game still running at 25fps,” Gallerani said. So all your breakpoints for your stats will remain the same as they were Top From that, however, we have more detail with the frame rate, with the directions we give things, with how the lighting works, because it’s basically a 3D engine running on top of it. Think of it like a doll: the person pulling the strings is a 2D game. But in this case it is a blocker [puppeteer] And a very lifelike doll.”
David Breivik, creator of the original Diablo on Twitter They may need to make “small adjustments in AI radius and skill ranges” because the original game was designed for 4:3 displays.
stock size: Blizzard considered changing this as a recent quality of life update, but decided not to. “One of the things that is really different about D2 compared to Contemporary [action-RPGs] “You don’t take 70 guns out of your bag at any time,” Ferguson said. “You had a very limited inventory. We’ve had a lot of discussions about: Should the stock be increased? It’s one of the places where we felt like it was a bridge too far. It was part The fact that you collect enchantments that make your character stronger but take up your inventory space gives you that tension of “Do I want to find enchantments + 15% at a cost of three slots in my inventory?” Those were interesting and meaningful decisions while playing. It became an idea “That would be great for quality of life” is “No no, we’re actually cracking the mechanics of the game.”
Smaller exploits that don’t break the game: Gallerani and Fergusson said they wanted to keep things that influenced the Diablo 2 flavor, as long as those vulnerabilities weren’t used for things like repeating items. If you know exactly where you stand in a particular boss battle where the boss couldn’t hit you, it will still be successful in this game. You will still be able to play a character in Classic mode and then switch to Lord of Destruction to skip part of the game. Speed racers rejoice.
Battle.net chat lobbies: “You can just go into the hallway and have your conversation and see your avatars along the bottom just the way it was,” Gallerani said.
The ladder is still called a ladder: “We don’t call it seasons,” Gallerani said.
Hell, you can still setup online games over TCP/IP: By default, online play is now hosted on dedicated servers instead of local, but you can still host a game locally and make it executable through Batlte.net. “You can even go back to TCP/IP connections if you like,” Ferguson said. “Because it was in D2, we’re going to keep it there in D2R.”