How do you break the internet? You announce a true-to-the-core remaster of the PC classic, Diablo II and its expansion, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, for all available platforms and a potential 2021 release date. Here’s everything we know about Diablo II: Resurrected.
It’s a cloudy June 29th, 200, when you lean over, having just finished your fresh install of Diablo II. You watch the introductory scene where the doors to a prison swing open on their own, a display of some magical darkness, one foreboding and as dark as it may seem. Before you know it, its a moment that introduces you to the great power of the Dark Wanderer himself. An entity that would become a staplepoint villain for Blizzard’s critically-acclaimed hack ‘n slash dungeon crawling, loot-filled franchise.
It seems that, for some time, Blizzard’s support studio, Vicarious Visions, has been working on the worst-kept secret in the history of gaming, the highly-demanded, highly-requested, and now highly-anticipated remaster of the 2000’s classic that really got the series going into the direction it is headed now: A true-to-the-core remaster of the title.
This is a title that comes with both the paint job of its 2D original launch and enhanced visuals, which give the game a very Diablo II: Ultimate Evil Edition vibe, but never losing what made it as good as it was over 20 years ago. Blizzard has revealed that the game itself, isn’t changing. It’ll be the same game that fans knew then and will know in modern times. It’s a game that isn’t going to have any changes, outside of enhanced visuals and performance, brought to the table.
Just in the few minute trailer, Blizzard has revealed what fans have been pining for since the launch of current-gen consoles: Diablo II Remastered. This is exactly what is happening. This won’t be one where people are feeling as if the game has been completely redone to match a modern vision, but rather, left alone to be exactly what fans remembered; running Mephisto for specific loot items, crafting rune weapons and armor to get an edge on magic finding, and or min maxing your character ro run Hell difficulty without feeling completely left behind.
There, however, are a couple of substantial changes that fans should expect which include a shared stash, getting rid of the need for mule characters, which honestly, is a much-needed change from the previous entry and was improved upon in Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. Auto gold pickup, which also saves a lot of time, and honestly, it is completely toggleable for those wanting the original experience.
Blizzard has already confirmed that Diablo II: Resurrected will be launching on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch in 2021. The game will feature cross-progression using a Battle.net account. The title will not require an active internet connection to play.
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