Diablo 2 is a masterpiece of the action roleplaying game (ARPG) genre, and many longtime fans of the series are no doubt thrilled with confirmation, after many years of rumors and disappointments, of Diablo 2: Resurrected. Yes, this time it's actually happening. Here's everything we know so far about Diablo 2: Resurrected.
What's new with Diablo 2: Resurrected?
Diablo 2: Resurrected's technical Alpha testing period has been revealed. It's scheduled to run on PC from April 9, 2021 at 7 a.m. PT to April 12, 2021 at 10 a.m. PT. This gives invited players from Friday to Monday to see what's happening in the remade world of Diablo 2.
This is apparently only the first of a number of tests planned for the game. It will provide singleplayer action spread out over the game's first two acts (Rogue Encampment and Lut Gholein). The Amazon, Sorceress, and Barbarian will be playable. There's no level cap, so players will technically be able to grind as long as they want.
Blizzard has laid out a few reminders as we head into the test weekend. Your characters and progress won't be carried over to the full game, original cinematics are still being used, you can use a controller on PC (though support is still in progress), and all content can be shared. This is a PC-only test.
Check out our guide on how to sign up for the Diablo 2: Resurrected technical alpha if you haven't already received an invite.
Diablo 2: Resurrected is announced
It's official. Diablo 2: Resurrected has been 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. Yes, it looks like you'll be able to 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 will be able to switch back to the original look. The original game remains untouched, which bodes well for the modding community. 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 is pegged for an expected 2021 release date.
What is Diablo 2: Resurrected?
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 recently 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.
Diablo 2: Resurrected gameplay and features
We now have 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 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.
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 a move to Battle.net full time means there's no guarantee existing mods will work without further … modification.
Can Diablo 2: Resurrected be played offline?
Yes, Diablo 2: Resurrected should be able to 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 (without runewords, etc.) for a pre-expansion experience. If you do choose to play online, the standard eight-player rooms will still be around. Diablo 2: Resurrected will have a seasonal rotation like Diablo 2, though seasons will likely be shorter.
Is Diablo 2: Resurrected coming to Xbox, PlayStation, or Switch?
Yes, Diablo 2: Resurrected is coming to 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 a 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 a NVIDIA GTX 660 or Radeon HD 7850.
When is the Diablo 2: Resurrected release date?
There's no definitive answer for when Diablo 2: Resurrected will release other than in 2021. Expect more news to come out of BlizzConline as the weekend progresses.
If you'd like to get an early look at the game, be sure to opt into the tech Alpha at Blizzard's website.