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Diablo 2: Resurrected is coming as a remaster - everything you need to know about the release


Diablo 2: Resurrected is coming as a remaster - everything you need to know about the release

Blizzard officially presented the remaster of Diablo 2, "Resurrected", at BlizzCon2021 . A release date remains open, but you can already see the game and register for the alpha.

When is the release? Unfortunately, Blizzard did not reveal an exact release date of Diablo 2 Resurrected at BlizzCon 2021. All that is clear is that it will be published “later this year”. So definitely before Diablo 4, which won't be released in 2021.

For which platforms does it appear?

  • Pc
  • PS4, PS5
  • Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S
  • Nintendo Switch

What's in the remaster? Diablo 2 Resurrected is about the original Diablo II and the expansion Lord of Destruction, which will be remastered.

With this, Blizzard wants to pick up veterans who want to play the role play classic again in "beautiful" with new graphics. Players who never played Diablo 2 and were averse because of the graphics get the chance to enjoy the gruesome storyline with modern graphics with the remaster.

Difference between remake and remaster

In earlier leaks for Diablo 2, there was talk of a remake. But Diablo II: Resurrected is a remaster. Technically speaking, a remaster is based on the framework of the original game. It is optically improved and brings a few optional comfort functions.
A remake, on the other hand, would be a completely new version of the original title.

Diablo 2 Remaster Changes - What's New?

This is what Blizzard says: While Diablo 2 was based on 2D sprites, Resurrected continues with physically based 3D rendering. Join in:

  • Dynamic lighting
  • Revised animations
  • Revised magic effects
  • Resolutions up to 4K are supported
  • All cinematics (27 minutes in total) were recorded from scratch
  • The sounds and soundtrack have been redesigned to support Dolby 7.1 surround sound

A look at the interface of Diablo 2: Resurrected

What's in it? In Diablo II Resurrected you play acts 1 to 4 from the original part as well as act 5 from Lord of Destruction.

That improves: Blizzard retains the core elements such as gameplay and systems completely. But there are also a few quality-of-life improvements that the players demanded. These include:

  • A shared loot chest so that you and all characters have access to it
  • Easy item comparison: You can quickly see how good an item is compared to what is created
  • Automatic gold collection: As we already know from Diablo 3, your character collects the gold from the ground himself without you having to click
  • Improved matchmaking: You can quickly join friends in the friends list

However, if you prefer the old game feel, you can also deactivate features such as automatic gold collecting. The remaster does not offer any new content such as chapters.

Comparison image between Diablo 2 and the remastered version

What classes are there? You can choose between seven customizable characters.

  • Amazon
  • Barbarian
  • Necromancer
  • paladin
  • wizard
  • Assassin
  • and druid

You can customize all of them with skills and talent builds. Crafting, sockets, completing sets, farming unique weapons and armor and rune words are all part of it.

Knock your way through the levels with the Paladin or 6 other classes

Co-op gameplay: You can play solo or in co-op with up to 8 players.

Multiplayer: In multiplayer you have the option of PvP. But if you don't feel like it, you can play Diablo 2: Resurrected offline.

Cross-Progression: You can play the remaster of Diablo 2 on PC, Xbox Series X and S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. There is also cross-progression. So you keep your characters and saved games when you switch between the platforms in the middle. This requires a link to your account on the respective platform. And every platform needs the license for Diablo 2 Resurrected.

Unlike Diablo 3, the PC and console versions do not differ here. You get exactly the same content, menus and balancing changes everywhere. With the Switch you have to do without the 4K resolution due to the construction.

You cannot take old saved games from the original Diablo 2 with you into the new game.

What about crossplay? A crossplay function has not yet been confirmed.

You don't like Andariel in the new graphics? Simply switch to "oldschool" at the push of a button

Do I have to use the new graphics? No. If you want to immerse yourself in nostalgia, you can switch between the old and modern graphics at any time with a simple push of a button.

Who is developing this? A few weeks ago a leak announced the refreshed version of Diablo 2 . It said that the Vicarious Visions team is now developing the game.

They are known for their revisions in recent years, such as the remake of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater or the "Crash Bandicoot" trilogy. Both are great titles whose remake has been enthusiastically received.

Blizzard has confirmed that the Resurrected version of Diablo 2 will be jointly developed by Blizzard Entertainment and Vicarious Visions.