Blizzard announced a new remaster of Diablo 2 called Diablo 2 Resurrected. Here is everything that they revealed at Blizzcon 2021 press conference about the remaster!
When does the game release?
Sometime in 2021, a specific release date has not been named yet.
What systems will the game be on?
Blizzard will release Diablo 2 Resurrected for PC PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and the Switch.
Will there be cross-platform progression?
Yes, so long as your console is capable of cross-platform progression.
How faithful will this remaster be?
While it’s hard to say without seeing gameplay, the developers were very reassuring in the post-announcement press conference.
The developers explained that the 3D visual engine that they are using to provide a 3D experience exists on top of the game engine. So it is purely a visual update, that shouldn’t affect the gameplay at all. You will also be able to play the game in the original 2D graphics.
The developers also reassured Diablo fans that they won’t make any changes to the script or voice acting of the cinematics. They will only be updating the cinematics look, but nothing more.
Will Diablo 2 Resurrected replace my copy of Diablo 2?
Unlike what happened with the remaster of Warcraft 3, the new remaster will not replace your original copy of Diablo 2. Instead, it will exist in its own ecosystem. So if you want to play a specific mod or just don’t want to play the updated version, you will still be able to play the original game.
What quality of life changes are coming to the game?
A full list of quality of life changes has not been released, however, the developers did mention some of them. Along with the addition of new screen resolutions and the 3D engine, the new game will come with a number of accessibility options including a color blind mode, a low vision mode, more languages, and controller support that opens up access to those who play with custom rigs.
There will also be some gameplay quality of life changes, like improved player trade systems, auto-pickup, and other small changes. All of these new gameplay changes, however, are going to be optional according to the developers at a press conference following the initial announcement of the Diablo 2 remaster.
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