Diablo 2: Resurrected remasters one of the best RPGs of all-time

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Heading into BlizzConline (BlizzCon 2021), I expected news regarding Diablo Immortal and possibly Diablo 4. While there was little on the Immortal front, despite the game possibly releasing this year, we did get to meet the new Rogue class coming to Diablo 4. But that’s not all Blizzard had up its sleeve. Capping off the opening ceremony, Blizzard announced that Diablo 2 will be getting remastered.

Diablo 2: Resurrected, as it’s officially called, is a complete and faithful remaster of one of the best action-RPG, dungeon-crawlers of all-time. Seriously, I can’t tell you how many countless nights I spent staying up into the wee hours of the morning with this game.

And now, we’ll be able to re-experience the thrill of Mephisto runs over and over again in stunning high-res 3D visuals and Dobly 7.1 surround sound.

Diablo 2 was released in 2000, over two decades ago, so there’s an entire generation of gamers who probably never experienced this genre-defining game. If you’re younger of age, it’s easy to take today’s action-RPG, dungeon-crawlers for granted. But Diablo 2 was probably one of the most influential games.

Diablo 2: Resurrected features both the original Diablo 2 game and its Lords of Destruction expansion. Both games have been updated with modernized visuals, including “full 3D physically-based rendering, dynamic lighting, revamped animations and spell effects.” And yes, it’s all delivered in up to 4K resolution. Additionally, the game’s cinematics are being remade from the ground up — all 27 minutes of them.

Ask any gamer over the age of 20 their most memorable moments with Diablo 2 and I’m sure you’ll hear all sorts of stories. Seriously, there’s a reason this game is considered one of the best of all-time, and I’m so excited that the younger generation of gamers will get to play it.

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What’s really cool is that players will be able to switch between the updated modern visuals and the classic experience, if you want to see what it was like to first play the game as it was released. While most of the gameplay and systems remain largely the same, Blizzard has made some quality of life improvements, such as a shared stash. I’m going to miss that tedious process of creating a new game, dropping the items I want to transfer to another character, logging out and logging back in quickly with that other character to pick them.

Diablo 2: Resurrected will be released later this year (2021) for PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Cross-progression between platforms will be supported but you’ll need to have a linked Battle.net account and a separate game license for each platform.