The gates to Diablo 2 Resurrected Burning Hells are open, so here’s everything you need to know about Blizzard’s remake of the iconic title, from the release date to its new features.
Diablo 2 Resurrected, Blizzard’s remake of the classic Diablo 2, was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2021.
With thousands of gamers claiming that the title is the best game ever made, fans of the devilish franchise have been on the edge of their seats since the official release date announcement back at E3.
So, if you’re looking to take to the desolate plains of Sanctuary’s ruins once more, here’s everything you need to know to jump into the fray.
- Release date & time
- Is Diablo 2 Resurrected the same game?
- New features
Blizzard announced the release date for Diablo 2 Resurrected as September 23, 2021 during the E3 Xbox showcase.
On September 7, Diablo Executive Producer, Rod Fergusson, also confirmed that the game would be released at 8AM PST / 11AM EST / 4PM BST / 5PM CEST.
We’re launching at 8 AM PDT on the 23rd.
— Rod Fergusson (@RodFergusson) September 8, 2021
Diablo2 Resurrected is available on PC and all consoles (including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch).
As a bonus, the game will also feature cross-progression so that players can keep leveling their characters, no matter the platform closest to them.
Diablo 2 Resurrected announced, a remaster of Diablo 2. pic.twitter.com/0yLBRByLJi
— Dexerto (@Dexerto) February 19, 2021
E3 Street Date Trailer
During E3’s XBOX showcase, Blizzard dropped a trailer showing off the enhanced graphics, as well as a stunning recreation of the original in-game cinematics.
Diablo, Baal and Mephisto make their Diablo 2 Resurrected debut in this bloodcurdling cinematic trailer. Showing off the title’s enhanced cutscenes and a horrifying entourage of terrors, if this doesn’t set your soul ablaze then we don’t know what will.
Diablo 2 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.
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 2 Patch, 1.14D, and therefore will carry over all of your prior progress.
The game features a full remaster (including shot-for-shot remakes 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 is also the “legacy graphics” mode.)
Resurrected also boasts cross-platform PvP, alongside changes to ladder season, which the devs are looking to decrease from 6 month-windows. Importantly, the ladder is not currently available , nor are the lobby or in-game chat features.
- Read More: Diablo 2 Resurrected review
Players can 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 an interview with IGN Middle East, producer Matthew Cederquist also revealed that PC players can 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.”
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