It's now official: Diablo 2 is getting remastered after 20 years in the form of Diablo 2 Resurrected. One of gaming’s most-requested and long-running wishlist toppers, fans of the dungeon crawler have sat around chalk pentagrams for years, hoping to summon the game into existence. And at BlizzCon 2021, those prayers were finally been answered.
Diablo 2 Resurrected will be available on PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Blizzard is aiming to keep the feel of the original games, but will add updated graphics with up to 4K (2160p) resolution and Dolby 7.1 surround sound.
Players will also be able to switch back and forth between the updated 2021 graphics and the original sprite-based textures using by turning on the Legacy mode.
You can have a look at the graphics comparison here.
Despite being 20 years old, Diablo 2 (and its expansion pack Lord of Destruction) may be the most influential game of the past few years.
Diablo II: Resurrected is expected to be released around December 2021 and it's already available for pre-purchase.
You will have a chance to play as an Amazon, Assassin, Necromancer, Barbarian, Paladin, Sorceress, and Druid,
Diablo 2 remake: what we know so far
Rumors of a Diablo 2 remake have been circulating for years – many hoped that it would coincide with the games 20th anniversary in 2020, but that came and went with Blizzard focusing on Diablo 4 the Diablo: Immortal mobile game instead. However, recent reports suggest that the remake is far from dead and that a shakeup at Blizzard is at the heart of the prolonged development.
To understand what’s going on, we first need to discuss another Blizzard remake – Warcraft 3: Reforged. Blizzard’s ‘Team 1’ development team had been working on the real-time-strategy remaster, another beloved game. But its release in 2020 was not well received, with missing features and problematic terms and conditions putting off what should have been a thriving map-making and modding community. It currently sits among the worst user-rated games on score aggregator MetaCritic.
Team 1 was tasked with reviving Diablo 2, but a Bloomberg report suggests Blizzard’s owners Activision got cold feet following Warcraft 3: Reforged’s reception. Instead, it disbanded Team 1 (which had already been pulled off ongoing StarCraft 2 development and had seen its hero-shooter Heroes of the Storm fade to obscurity). With Team 1 gone, Activision has brought in its former subsidiary Vicarious Visions, merging it with Blizzard's development operations and tasking it with taking on the Diablo 2 mantle.