Diablo 2: Resurrected — Release dates, Patch 2.5, ladder season, leaks, and everything we know

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Diablo 2 is a masterpiece of the action roleplaying game (ARPG) genre, and many longtime fans of the series were no doubt thrilled with confirmation, after many years of rumors and disappointments, of Diablo 2: Resurrected. Yes, this time it actually happened, and it's now available on all platforms. Here's everything we know about Diablo 2: Resurrected.

What's new with Diablo 2: Resurrected?

Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.5 is now live ahead of the expected Season 2 Ladder launch on October 6. Patch 2.5 introduces new Terror Zones and, eventually upon Ladder start, Sundering Charms.

Terror Zones were added to make the climb to level 99 a lot easier. In each game you make with Terror Zones enabled (yes, you can still disable this feature), enemies will be several levels higher than your current player level. Only one area per game can be Terrorized at a time, but you can create as many new games as you want and still farm the new zones. We have a longer explanation in our Diablo 2: Resurrected PTR 2.5 article.

Sundering Charms are another new addition that will be fully implemented upon the second ladder's launch. Sundering Charms are grand charms that provide a huge amount of negative resistance to specific damage. There are six charms in total, one for each type of primary damage. The trick here is that adding a Sundering Charm to your inventory will also lower your character's resistance to that specific type of damage. These charms can only be farmed in Terror Zones from Champion enemies and above.

Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.5 PTR

Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.5 PTR

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Diablo 2: Resurrected's Public Test Realm (PTR) 2.5 went live August 25, 2022. This acts as the testing ground for Patch 2.5, which introduces new Terror Zones, a huge amount of bug fixes and quality-of-life changes, localization tweaks, and stability improvements.

Terror Zones are undoubtedly the most exciting part of this update. A lot of discussion was held during the first ladder season about the grueling climb to level 99, which the developers aim to fix with this addition. Terror Zones can be enabled or disabled when creating a game; enabling them means that there will be a specific area in the game world where every monster is at least two levels higher than your character level. Loot drops and experience reflect that new monster level, making it easier to level up and making the game more challenging for your overpowered end-game build. Terror Zones rotate every hour to keep the game feeling fresh.

Each in-game Act has its own designated set of Terror Zones that can become active, providing plenty of variety. If you're sick of endless Baal runs (who isn't?) this should alleviate some of the pain of striving for 99. Ladder season two doesn't yet have a set start date.

Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.4.3

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Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.4.3 went live June 29, 2022 during the ongoing first ladder season. Console lobbies notably received an update to help players find parties and games without as much trouble, while the new Game Creator gave new options to better fine-tune your lobby. Filters and a search tool were added to PC and console lobbies, something that most players have been asking for since the game was first released. The list of available games was also extended from 20 to 40.

The Barbarian class received the most attention in this update. Cooldowns on starting a new Whirlwind, Leap Attack, or Leap after an initial Whirlwind were removed. Increased Attack Speed (IAS) from all equipment now affects Whirlwind, and the skill received a significant buff in the lower levels. Blizzard's official Patch 2.4.3 notes have a full rundown of the other quality-of-life changes, bug fixes, and more.

Diablo 2: Resurrected ladder season one

Diablo 2: Resurrected's first ever ladder season began April 28, 2022. The ladder is Diablo's version of seasonal ranked play, where everyone starts off with a fresh inventory and no created characters. Leaderboards keep track of leveling and experience, giving players some incentive to grind experience. It also completely resets the market, meaning any of your big magic finds will be incredibly valuable.

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The ladder includes four different ways to participate, including expansion and non-expansion versions of softcore and hardcore play. Redesigned character skills and balancing, rebalanced mercenaries, new and tweaked runewords, and a bunch of other new goodies — the same stuff you can find on the now-released Patch 2.4 — are available in the ladder.

It looks like the first ladder season should last about four months, though that could change depending on popularity. And despite the PTR being reserved for PC players only, the first ladder season will be available on consoles as well.

Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.4

Watch prominent Diablo YouTuber MrLlamaSC break down the notes for Patch 2.4.

Diablo 2: Resurrected's Public Test Realm (PTR) — the place where patches are staged and tested by everyday players — received the first iteration of Patch 2.4 on Jan. 25, 2022. It included some major changes to class and mercenary balancing, it added new runewords and horadric cube recipes, and much more. It lasted for about two weeks.

The test realm was then taken offline for some in-house changes on Blizzard's part before Patch 2.4 returned to the PTR March 2, 2022. This second coming of Patch 2.4 included a mock ladder season to test leaderboards, as well as further changes to the core game with respect to Uber Diablo, classes, mercenaries, and runewords.

Notably, Uber Diablo's spawn rate is now tied to entire game regions rather than regional servers. If you're playing on Blizzard's Asia servers, all Stone of Jordan sold will count toward spawning Uber Diablo. This makes Annihilus charms much more common and much less of a headache to fight for.

After another couple of weeks of PTR time and some further work on Blizzard's part, Patch 2.4 officially released April 14, 2022. Expect to see the first ladder season ever for Diablo 2: Resurrected begin two weeks later on April 28.

Diablo 2: Resurrected official launch

Diablo 2: Resurrected launched Sept. 23, 2021, on all platforms, including PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Cross-progression is enabled for those who play online across platforms, but actual crossplay is not available.

If you're experiencing any problems while playing, our Diablo 2: Resurrected list of known bugs and launch issues might give you some peace of mind.

And to give newcomers (and old vets who haven't been around for a while) a bit of help, our Diablo 2: Resurrected guide to classes and abilities can help you get up to speed. Likewise, our 15 Diablo 2: Resurrected beginner tips and tricks will hopefully keep you from making the same mistakes I've been making for 20 years.

Diablo 2: Resurrected open beta

The Diablo 2: Resurrected open beta began Aug. 20, 2021, at 1 p.m. EST. It was available on PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, and PS4. The open beta covered the first two Acts of the game, and provided access to the Sorceress, Druid, Paladin, Barbarian, and Amazon classes. The open beta ran until Aug. 23, 2021, at 1 p.m. EST. This came amid an ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit alleging workplace harassment and malpractice.

Coinciding with the open beta was news that all runewords, Uber Diablo, and the Pandemonium Event are available to all players, even if they're enjoying non-ladder or singleplayer. This was a huge sticking point for many returning players who struggled to find enough time to compete in the ladder before it being reset. More information on the patch can be found below in the development and updates section.

Diablo 2: Resurrected is announced

It's official. Diablo 2: Resurrected was announced at BlizzCon 2021. Yes, it's really, really real. The remastered game has a great-looking announcement trailer (posted just above), which shows off the gorgeous (and new) 3D graphics built for 4K. All classes, including those from the Lord of Destruction expansion, are shown off, which demonstrates that all the classic content should be here for us to enjoy.

Originally released all those years ago on PC, Diablo 2: Resurrected is also now coming to consoles. You can play on Xbox, PlayStation, or Switch along with PC and carry your progression across platforms.

If the new 3D graphics aren't really your style, you can switch back to the original look. The original game remains mostly untouched, though the modding community was dealt a blow with the removal of TCP/IP play. Sound effects and soundtrack have been touched up, and there will now be 7.1 surround sound support. And don't worry about those crusty old cinematics; they've been remade from the ground up to match the rest of the game.

Diablo 2: Resurrected released Sept. 23, 2021.

What is Diablo 2: Resurrected?

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Diablo 2: Resurrected is a remake of the legendary ARPG from more than 20 years ago. The dark, brooding story, the gothic art design, and the incredibly addicting gameplay loop are coming around again for another shot at saving Sanctuary. If you're concerned that Diablo 2 could end up in the same disrespectful state as Warcraft 3: Reforged (which earned the nickname Warcraft 3: Refunded), there is some good news.

Development studio Vicarious Visions merged with Blizzard Entertainment, following ownership by Activision since 2005. Vicarious Visions worked on the stellar remakes of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, which we awarded a perfect score in our review.

While Blizzard's own "Team 1" mishandled Warcraft 3: Reforged and was reportedly working on Diablo 2: Resurrected, the group has been dismantled following the merger with Vicarious Visions. Vicarious Visions is now confirmed to be in charge of the remaster.

You can read a Diablo 2: Resurrected developer interview where many of my most burning questions about the game's development were answered.

Diablo 2: Resurrected gameplay and features

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We started off with just an announcement trailer with some juicy bits of info, as well as extra details following a round of developer talks. Have a look at Windows Central master of fantasy Samuel Tolbert's deep dive into the Diablo 2: Resurrected group media interview for some great early insight into the game.

Diablo 2: Resurrected has broadened its character stats page among other UI redraws, and there's likewise an expanded stash that is shared across warriors (split for ladder and non-ladder). Automatic gold pickup will be a toggleable setting, something most people will no doubt enable and never look back at, and quick movement of items between stash and character should make life a whole lot easier.

The camera in-game can zoom in and out, which could make for some interesting screenshots with the new lighting and models. It looks like all armor and weapons will show up on your character this time, rather than recycled looks for armor classes. In the menu screen, separate characters will get a closeup, just like in Diablo 3.

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Drilling down to gameplay, the Diablo 2: Resurrected will continue to run at the same tickrate as the original game, but with unlimited FPS. It seems like the game is more a remaster than a remake (with the same old Diablo 2 logic), so the feel of Resurrected should be close to the same. Item stats, monster strength and spawn rates, and loot drop tables should be the same. Trading items with other players and engaging in combat (PVP) will be close to what was in the original game. The latter info is great news for a lot of Diablo 2 players. Both Diablo 2 and its expansion Lord of Destruction are included in the remaster, now confirmed after seeing the announcement trailer.

Original Diablo 2 is still very popular, whether playing the vanilla version or with the best Diablo 2 mods installed. It looks like the original game will remain intact, though a move to Battle.net and the removal of TCP/IP play for security reasons has dealt a blow to the modding community.

Diablo 2: Resurrected development updates

In an Aug.19, 2021, forum post, Blizzard Community Manager Hooley laid out some ladder and patch updates to coincide with the open beta. The biggest news to come out of this is the availability of all Diablo 2 runes and runewords across ladder, non-ladder, and singleplayer characters. Previously, certain runewords were only available for ladder characters.

All runewords, as well as Uber Diablo and the Pandemonium Event, are now available for non-ladder and singleplayer characters.

In the same vein, the Pandemonium Event, in which a series of bosses can be killed to receive a Hellfire Torch, has been made available to all players. And the Uber Diablo event, in which he randomly spawns and can be killed for an Annihilus Charm, is also now available in non-ladder and singleplayer play. A number of bug fixes and stability tweaks have also been added to the patch as we head into the open beta.

Blizzard shared some changes coming to Diablo 2: Resurrected following community feedback after the Diablo 2: Resurrected tech alpha playtest. The developers stated that they continue to make progress, and that they worked on changes to some video effects and artwork, quality of life, and more.

A couple of Sorceress skills — Blizzard and Lightning — have seen effects updated, as has the Paladin's Holy Freeze aura. Monsters under status effects like cold and poison have also seen their colors updated.

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If you noticed that scrolls, gems, and potions looked a bit washed out (or just downright wrong), you'll be happy to know that the team has made significant changes to make them stand out better. And in the case of gems and skulls, they've been completely overhauled again. A bunch of weapons, armor, and charms have also undergone a similar treatment.

Perhaps the most exciting change for any devoted magic-finders out there is the addition of an item name toggle. You can now choose whether you want to keep the "Press Alt to show items on the ground" or have them show all the time without having to hit a button. Hopefully this will also come with a loot filter to weed out all the junk that drops in the late game.

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The shared stash has been bumped up to three pages from one page, making it easier to swap gear between characters. There are more changes you can read about at the official Blizzard news post, but some other notables are a clock now being added to the in-game screen, audio tweaks, and improvements to the automap.

Can Diablo 2: Resurrected be played offline?

Yes, Diablo 2: Resurrected can be played offline once you've verified your game and account. Offline and online characters will remain separate, just like it was in Diablo 2 and closed Battle.net.

You can also still choose to play a non-expansion character for a pre-expansion experience. If you do choose to play online, the standard eight-player rooms will still be around except if you're on Switch; their lobbies are capped at four players. Diablo 2: Resurrected will have a seasonal rotation like Diablo 2, though seasons will likely be shorter.

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Is Diablo 2: Resurrected available for Xbox, PlayStation, or Switch?

Yes, Diablo 2: Resurrected is available for Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch alongside a PC release. Best part? Cross-progression for all systems means you don't have to pick a platform and stick with it. This is great news, as we've already seen how well Diablo 3 works on Switch (and the other consoles). Controller support is understandably in.

Diablo 2: Resurrected system specifications

Blizzard has listed some minimum and recommended PC specs on the preorder page. It looks as though the remastered version will be relatively system heavy, recommending at least an Intel Core i5-9600K or AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 or Radeon RX 5500 XT GPU.

The minimum specs are significantly lower, with an Intel Core i3-3250 or AMD FX-4350 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7850.

If you're worried your PC might not be able to handle the game, be sure to check out our collection of the best laptops for playing Diablo 2: Resurrected.

Diablo 2: Resurrected tech alpha

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Diablo 2: Resurrected's technical Alpha testing period was a success, allowing players to see what to expect from the game.

This was apparently only the first of a number of tests planned for the game. It provided singleplayer action spread out over the game's first two acts (Rogue Encampment and Lut Gholein). The Amazon, Sorceress, and Barbarian were playable. There was no level cap, so players were technically able to grind as long as they wanted.

Check out my hands-on first impressions from the Diablo 2: Resurrected alpha for more information.

When is the Diablo 2: Resurrected release date?

Diablo 2: Resurrected launched Sept. 23, 2021. It went live on all platforms at 8 a.m. PDT.

It was also revealed that the game is optimized for Xbox Series X|S with 4K60FPS performance. And, as we already knew, cross-progression is supported so you can enjoy your saved games across platforms.

Cale Hunt
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Cale Hunt is formerly a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full-time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.