At BlizzConline, Blizzard announced that they are dropping Diablo 2: Resurrected, a remaster of the iconic title. Here’s everything you need to know, including the release date, trailer and features.
Throughout their extensive history in the gaming sphere, Blizzard Entertainment have created some classic games. From World of Warcraft to Overwatch, there’s a title for everyone.
One of these classics, however, is the Diablo series. In the past year, we’ve seen everything from a Diablo IV announcement to an insane cosplay fusing Diablo and Overwatch’s universes, but there’s still more exciting news about the devilish franchise.
After absorbing Vicarious Visions, the developers seem to have been tasked with remastering the legendary Diablo II. At BlizzConline, the latest fruits of that labor were revealed.
Diablo 2 Resurrected release date
Blizzard finally announced the release date for Diablo 2 Resurrected as being September 23, 2021 during the E3 Xbox showcase.
Additionally, it’s been confirmed that players who preorder the title will have access to the multiplayer beta in August.
Diablo 2 Resurrected trailer
Diablo 2 Resurrected announced, a remaster of Diablo 2. pic.twitter.com/0yLBRByLJi— Dexerto (@Dexerto) February 19, 2021
During E3’s XBOX showcase, Blizzard dropped a new trailer showing off the enhanced graphics, as well as a stunning recreation of the original in-game cinematics.
Diablo 2 Resurrected Technical Alpha
The first Technical Alpha for the title ran from April 8 – 12, and gave us a little snapshot of what to expect for the upcoming release.
Further Technical Alphas have been scheduled for press and die hard fans of the game, and all you need to do to get involved is opt in via the website.
There are a whole host of screenshots of the game floating around the internet sphere, but here are a few of our own which were taken during the Technical Alpha.
Is Diablo II Resurrected the same game?
Diablo II originally dropped in 2000, over 20 years ago. Heralded as one of the best games ever made, it’s become yet another one for Blizzard’s already pretty prestigious history books.
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Resurrected is an exact copy of the original title, only with enhanced graphics. It has no new content, but does include new enhanced features.
Resurrected continues on the current Diablo II Patch, 1.14D, and therefore will carry over all of your prior progress.
Diablo 2 Resurrected new features
As far as the remake goes, the game will feature a full remaster (including shot-for-shot redos of all 27 minutes of cinematics) in high-res 4K with 3D visuals, new animations, and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. (If you want to go old school though, there will also be a “classic graphics” mode.)
Resurrected also boasts cross-platform PvP, alongside changes to ladder season, which they’re looking to decrease from 6 month-windows.
Players will also be able to utilize an advanced stats panel, alongside getting rid of the need for mule characters when it comes to the new live shared stash, which sees players accessing cross-character items.
According to a recent interview with IGN Middle East, producer Matthew Cederquist also revealed that PC players will be able to import their old saves to the game, too: “Back when we were working on [the remaster], we wondered if the old save files would work, so we kind of shoved it in, and it worked! So yes, your local single-player save files will carry over.”
As for systems, Blizzard has noted that the game will be available on PC and all consoles (including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch). As a bonus there, the game will also feature cross-progression so that players can keep leveling their characters, no matter the platform closest to them.
Ensure that you check back here as more information drops. When an official release date is specified, we’ll be sure to update this page.
So many release dates are uncertain in 2021, but here’s everything we know about the big games fans are looking forward to this year and beyond:
Battlefield 6 | Diablo 2 | GTA 6 | Pokemon Snap | Rainbow Six Quarantine | Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart | Starfield | Horizon Forbidden West | Forza 8 | Elder Scrolls 6 | FIFA 22 | God of War Ragnarok | Hogwarts Legacy