Blizzard and the Diablo team firmly state that Diablo 2: Resurrected is not a remake but a remaster. And the rumored remaster for the game is finally official, with PC and console releases to be made sometime this year. With the original game releasing back in 2000, this remaster will come with new and fresh visuals and a more optimized gaming experience for all fans while retaining the mechanics Diablo 2 was known and loved for.
The development team is not aiming to reverse engineer Diablo 2, but the game will be the same experience as the original title. This includes the same story, voice acting, and theme. However, despite the same core experience, Resurrected will be featuring a 3D engine, stunning surround sound capabilities, and much more.
Diablo 2: Resurrected — Storyline
Since Diablo 2: Resurrected is set to be a remaster for the original Diablo 2, there will not be any significant changes to the game's storyline. The plot for Diablo 2, and the main series in general, revolves around the forces of Order and Chaos and the eternal warfare to decide the ultimate fate of all living beings.
The Lord of Terror, Diablo himself, then awakens from his slumber underneath the dark earth, freeing his demon brothers Mephisto and Baal and conquering a small portion of a western kingdom named Khanduras. Engulfing the entire population in fear and destruction, a lone hero arises and challenges the darkness itself. The nameless hero slowly dispelled the forces of Diablo and proceeded to defeat the Lord of Terror.
However, being fully aware of Diablo’s immortality, the hero tries to contain the demon lord instead. But, the hero did not expect that his courage and this righteous act would only ensure victory for the Lord of Terror. By entrapping Diablo within himself, the hero only ended up damning his own soul for eternity.
As Diablo 2 kicks off, the hero is shown to have travelled all the way to the East, and has slowly begun to assume the appearance of Diablo. The objective of this journey was to raise an army that would help Diablo ultimately achieve his goal of conquering the world.
Diablo 2: Resurrected — Release date
The game is set to release sometime this year — 2021. The exact date is yet to be announced, however, 2021 will be the year it releases on PC and consoles. And taking into account an unannounced release date, Diablo 2: Resurrected might perhaps release after Q3. An expected pre-release alpha test may be scheduled, allowing numerous players to play and test the game before its release.
Diablo 2: Resurrected — Technical Alpha
The technical alpha for Diablo 2: Resurrected begins on April 9th and ends on April 12th. The alpha will not be limited to streamers and YouTubers — anyone can participate. The technical will be comprised of early access to three main classes in Diablo 2 — Barbarian, Sorceress, and the Amazon.
Furthermore, players will also be able to play through the first two acts, including the boss fights with Andariel and Duriel, who were iconic bosses back in the original game. This also means that areas such as the Rogue Monastery and the desert of Lut Gholein will be available during the test.
The classes available in Diablo 2: Resurrected
As mentioned before, the core gameplay of Resurrected will be entirely based on the original experience. Therefore, this remaster will feature the entire lineup of classes from Diablo without adding or removing any of the items and quests.
Diablo 2: Resurrected – What’s new?
The graphical engine implemented for the remaster will undoubtedly be revolutionary and jaw-dropping compared to the original title. The game will feature new animations, textures, particle effects, and refined character models. Not to mention, the game will also be made playable on 4K resolution and super-fast refresh rates.
Apart from the visual upgrade, the audio quality will also be seeing a huge improvement. While most sound effects will remain the same, the atmospherics and ambience will be very close to reality.
Players will be able to hear the wind blowing through streets and the rustling of trees in the jungle. Blizzard also firmly states that the remaster will retain the iconic sound effects from Diablo 2, such as placing a skull into a socket or equipping a potion onto your belt.
Things that won’t change
The content for Resurrected will stay the same. This mainly includes the Diablo 2 questline, as well as the Lord of Destruction expansion. The original seven characters/classes will be there, along with the same campaign. The experience will strictly be the base Diablo 2 experience, even though the devs wanted to add more to it.
Players will be allowed to switch from Diablo 2’s classic visuals to the new and refined 3D experience. The old game’s concept will fully drive the game’s logic. The item drop rates, stats, hit chance, damage, and everything else will be no different.
Furthermore, the leading personnel for the project hinted that the Resurrected would preserve most of the bugs and aspects players could exploit, as long as they did not break the game.
For instance, if there is a spot during a boss fight that prevents players from ever getting hit, it will remain the same in the upcoming remaster as well. Similarly, players will and can play the game’s classic mode and then switch over to Lord of Destruction, skipping a huge chunk of the game when speedrunning.
The game will be released for major consoles and PC on 9/23/21 and can be pre-purchased on its official website