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Diablo 2: Resurrected as a Remaster - Everything you need to know about the release

Blizzard officially introduced 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.

Update from March 2nd: We have expanded the article for you with further information on participating in the Alpha. Blizzard announced that at least 2 phases of testing will take place. We have added the system requirements for you.

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.

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 previous 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 basic structure of the original game. It is optically improved and brings a few optional convenience 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

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. In addition, there are a few quality-of-life improvements that players demanded. Among other things, these are:

  • 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 in comparison to what has been created
  • Automatic collection of gold: As we already know from Diablo 3, your character collects the gold from the ground himself, without you having to click extra
  • Improved matchmaking: You can quickly join friends in the friends list

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

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.

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

Multiplayer: In multiplayer there are options for you on 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 Battle.net 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.

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 remakes have been enthusiastically received.

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

As early as 2017, it was leaked that Blizzard was working on a new version of Diablo 2.

We'll include the trailer for Diablo II: Resurrected here:

Diablo 2 Resurrected Gameplay

Have you got a taste for it now and want to see more of how the old Diablo appears in its modern guise?

No problem. Blizzard has posted a b-roll video showing 6 minutes of gameplay from Diablo 2: Resurrected. In it you can see fights and also the new comfort function for comparing items.

Test Diablo 2 Remaster as Alpha - This is how you register

You can do that: If you don't want to wait for the release of Diablo II Resurrected, you can register for a technical alpha on your PC. This is not the finished game yet, but a kind of test version.

You can register for the chance to take part in the technical alpha at www.Diablo2.com. When the technical alpha starts is still unknown. The well-known "soon" reveals that it should start "soon".

Update: In an interview, Blizzard announced that there would be two phases for testing Diablo 2. One for the single player and one for a multiplayer stress rest.

Diablo 2 Resurrected System Requirements

Below we show you the requirements of Diablo 2: Resurrected, which Blizzard states on the official website of the game.

Minimal: According to Blizzard, you should have this hardware at least in or on your computer.

Recommended: If you want to get a little more out of the game, you could be well advised with better hardware. According to Blizzard, these are the recommended requirements.

Buy Diablo 2 Resurrected - Bundled with Diablo 3

How is it going on Battle.Net? Diablo 2 Resurrected and the "old" Diablo 2 are handled as two different games in Battle.Net.

If you want to buy the game in advance now, you have to pay € 39.99 for it. (via Battle.Net.Shop)

Pre-order bundle with Diablo 3: If you want, you can pre-order the “Diablo Prime Evil Collection” on your PC. This contains:

  • Diablo II: Resurrected
  • Diablo III
  • The Reaper of Souls Collection for Diablo III
  • The Rise of the Necromancer Pack
  • and exclusive cosmetic items

The price for this version is € 59.99. (via Battle.Net.Shop). If you already have parts of the bundle, this price will be cheaper (thanks to MeinMMO reader JarzuulTV).

How do you like that? Do you think it's good that Blizzard is bringing this remaster to Diablo 2 or are you not in the mood for the old story in a modern guise? Vote in our survey here on MeinMMO whether you want to buy Diablo 2: Resurrected or not.

Please write us in the comments here what you're looking forward to in the game or why the remaster doesn't hit your nerve at all.