Diablo 2 Resurrected coming to PC and consoles in 2021

A 20-year-old classic is coming to PC and consoles, as Blizzard has unveiled Diablo 2 Resurrected.

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This BlizzConline Opening Ceremony has focused a lot on the old-school classics. And that includes celebrating the old days of Diablo 2. Following its reveals for Diablo 4 and Diablo Immortal, Blizzard unveiled a remaster of one of its greatest classics: Diablo 2 Resurrected.

Diablo 2 Resurrected will feature the full original game and remaster it from the ground up, offering 4K visuals on PC. On top of the full base game, all content from the original game's Lord of Destruction expansion will also be included. For those who don't remember the old-school classic, players must battle through various fiery and icy environments, as they face off against the game's Prime Evils, including Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal. While the visuals are being upgraded, Blizzard is touting that the original gameplay will remain intact. In fact, if you want the full original experience, a classic graphics option will also be available.

Diablo 2 Resurrected will release on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch with cross-platform progression available, though it's not likely that cross-buy will be supported. The game will release later this year, but in the meantime, PC players can try and get into the technical alpha. Sign-ups are avialable on the Diablo 2 website.

We'll have more from BlizzConline throughout the weekend, so stay tuned to Shacknews for the latest updates.

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    February 19, 2021 2:55 PM

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      February 19, 2021 5:56 PM

      Hell yeah!

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      February 19, 2021 6:05 PM

      Looks amazing but after playing the original for so many hours I’m undecided if I can dedicate that time again

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      February 19, 2021 6:35 PM

      I'm rather disappointed they're just remaking it in a lame 3D engine. I was hoping they'd go the Starcraft Remastered route. The original 2D art was sick, and would have looked amazing if it had been hand remastered into 4K.

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        February 19, 2021 8:40 PM

        The amount of sprites needed would have absolutely ballooned the download size, but yeah that would have looked neat

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        February 19, 2021 8:56 PM

        Can’t please everyone!

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      February 20, 2021 12:01 AM

      I really don't see the appeal of this. Diablo 3 is a better game, and Diablo 4 will be even better. Why are some people so in love with Diablo 2? Is it the higher difficulty? Or do they just permanently hate Diablo 3 because the game had serious issues at release?

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        February 20, 2021 12:02 AM

        Nostalgia

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        February 20, 2021 1:28 AM

        I finished Diablo 3 at launch and didn’t enjoy it as much as 2. I tried the later versions of 3 on consoles and still couldn’t get into it.

        I’m looking forward to trying this remake.

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        February 20, 2021 1:31 AM

        Diablo 4 will be even better? Diablo 3 is the better game? Both of these are opinions and your statement on is impossible to quantify. It could be liquid shit on release just like Diablo 3 was.

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        February 20, 2021 4:09 AM

        Eh? Diablo 2 and 3 and very different games, I don't see 3 as an obvious improvement to 2 in every or even in most ways

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        February 20, 2021 4:33 AM

        2 has way more character than 3. Maybe the gameplay loop isn’t as smooth as 3 post-ROS but it’s much more memorable.

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        February 20, 2021 6:13 AM

        I beat one and 3, barely played 2. Interested just to see it really. Heard it was a solid diablo. Gonna wait for reviews though

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        February 20, 2021 6:44 AM

        Act I in Diablo 2 is better than any act in Diablo 3.

        Act 3 in Diablo 2 is worse than any act in Diablo 3.

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        February 20, 2021 7:01 AM

        I agree with you. Maybe I'm old, because I remember a time when I would be excited at the news of a possible D2 remaster, maybe some ten years ago, but there's just too many games out there now to go back to D2.

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          February 20, 2021 7:02 AM

          * not that D3 is better, but there's too many games out there and so little time. And D2 is a huge time sink I dare not go into again.

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        February 20, 2021 8:02 AM

        diablo 3 isnt a plainly better game. its different.

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      February 20, 2021 2:14 AM

      If they'd let us choose Vanilla or Expansion I'd be ecstatic. Diablo 2 Vanilla is my all-time favorite multiplayer game. It created a masterful multiplayer experience by combining variety and depth on the one side, with balancing to a level way beyond what could be reasonably expected, on the other. The repetitiveness was certainly a weakness, but to me the core gameplay mechanics are unrivaled to this day, both for PvE and PvP. Then came the expansion, and I guess what was an attempt at even more variety by introducing rune words, completely broke balancing, both of items and classes. No game has even taken me from 100 to 0 like that - although it probably stopped me from dropping out of college, so it wasn't all bad.

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        February 20, 2021 6:15 AM

        I hated runes too. Certain runewords were so strong they imbalanced the game but also almost impossible to find. Diablo 2 had a fine balance between grinding and rewards and the runes just threw that off for me.

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        February 20, 2021 6:29 AM

        I miss my Army of endless skeletons from Diablo 2 launch version.

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      February 20, 2021 6:18 AM

      I'm guessing full cross platform play is pending. I imagine Sony is the holdout.

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      February 20, 2021 6:29 AM

      hoping there's couch coop on consoles...

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      February 20, 2021 6:37 AM

      They announced it will have mod support. I'm more excited for that than I am for the base game.

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        February 20, 2021 9:30 AM

        Now that’s impressive. I was saying yesterday that mods are what keeps D2 really alive.

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      February 20, 2021 7:51 AM

      I hope the sound for runes isn’t fingernails on chalkboards this time.

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      February 20, 2021 8:21 AM

      This video has TONS of details about their plans.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3dL7ZeIAsE&feature=emb_logo

      Some of the questions/wished expressed in this thread are addressed. You will be able to choose between vanilla and LOD. They did go back to many of the original art and sound assets. Etc.

      • rms legacy 10 years mercury super mega
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        February 20, 2021 8:42 AM

        Will this be the one? The Diablo I actually install and play?

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