During BlizzConline 2021, Blizzard announced Diablo II: Resurrected, “The definitive remastering” of the original Diablo II and its Lord of Destruction expansion. The game will release for PC, and consoles later this year 2ith cross-progression between supported platforms.
Proudly represented as “arguably the best role-playing game of all time, the best dungeon-crawler of all time and the best PC game of all time.” by the Time magazine, Diablo II: Resurrected is looking forward to bring back veteran heroes and invite a new generation of players to the game’s dark storyline with modernized visuals that take advantage of the latest gaming hardware.
Diablo II: Resurrected features full 3D physically-based rendering, dynamic lighting, revamped animations, at 4K resolution. All the classics are being remade. The nightmarish sound effects and the game’s memorable soundtrack have also been “reinvigorated” to support Dolby 7.1 surround sound. By leveling up the game’s audio and visual capabilities.
“Diablo II was a pivotal game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world. With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to bring this classic back to PC and also to consoles—with cross-progression on supported platforms—so that players can relive their memories, or experience Diablo II’s timeless gameplay for the first time, on their platform of choice,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “With the new high-resolution audio and video in Diablo II: Resurrected, the game is as fun and engrossing today as it was twenty years ago.”
For those who would prefer a more classic experience, the game can be switched back-and-forth between the modern graphics and the original experience at any time with the press of a button. While Diablo II: Resurrected may look like a remake, Blizzard confirms that Diablo II’s signature gameplay and systems are completely intact, quirks and all, adding a few highly requested quality of life improvements, such as a shared stash.
Check the announcement trailer down below:
Diablo II: Resurrected features seven highly customizable character classes for players to choose from—the Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress from the core game, as well as the Assassin and Druid from the included Lord of Destruction expansion. Players will be able to make each character their own by selecting skills and talent builds, crafting and socketing items, collecting complete gear sets, acquiring unique arms and armor, assembling Rune Word combinations, and much more.
Diablo II: Resurrected is an all-inclusive package containing a lifetime of adventures. It will take players to the deadly world of Sanctuary, where they will face Diablo, the Lord of Terror, and the forces of Hell through all four thrilling Acts of the original Diablo II campaign. They’ll meet beloved mentor and scholar Deckard Cain, fight alongside the Archangel Tyrael, and encounter other pantheonic characters who have become an indelible part of gaming history. This edition also includes all of the content from the Lord of Destruction expansion, with the journey continuing into Act V, where players will brave the dangers of Mount Arreat before facing Baal, the eponymous Lord of Destruction.
Blizzard invites players to opt-in for a chance to participate in an upcoming PC technical alpha test, at diablo2.com.
Diablo II: Resurrected is being developed at Blizzard Entertainment and in-house studio Vicarious Visions, the game will be coming later this year to Windows PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.