Editor’s setting: After years of craving a Diablo II remaster, fans are finally getting what they want. And keep your fingers crossed, it seems to be exactly what you want: a real, respectful remaster, not another terrible, half-hearted update like Warcraft 3: Reforged.
On BlizzConline, Blizzard officially announced that Resurrected will be the long-rumored Diablo II remaster, with good news that it will be released sometime this year. It is a remaster of both the original game, which is now more than two decades old, and its expansion, Lord of Destruction.
Resurrected preserves the gameplay of the original Diablo II, while the graphics and user interface are revamped (or “revived,” according to Blizzard). As Robert Gallerani of Blizzard described it to Kotaku: “70 percent of the look and feel had to be dead from nostalgia, exactly what you remembered. But 30 percent is a more modern mindset, more success, more loyalty, things like that.”
The biggest change is of course the visual one. None of the new game’s assets were revived without extensive tweaks, and many were created from scratch as the original files were lost. The game’s cinematics, which are worth about half an hour, have also been reworked. In my personal opinion, the new graphics look very nice, although not quite as dramatic as the original game.
The remaining changes can best be described as an improvement in quality of life. Auto gold collection is now a toggle feature that is a godsend. The personal supply has been increased from a 6 x 8 grid to a 10 x 10 grid (you can still play Inventory Tetris if you wish), and the supply can be more easily shared between characters associated with the same account. And there are simpler item comparison tools, etc.
Resurrected is also promoting some cool modernizations. There is improved multiplayer support for up to eight players. You can play offline if you want, but when you sign up you have cross-progression and cross-generational play – that is, PS4 and PS5 players can play together, but not with Xbox players.
Speaking of consoles: Resurrected supports PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X / S and Switch. There’s conflicting information about Xbox One support right now, so maybe this is a company. And of course there’s PC support: on PC, you can pre-order the game for $ 39.99 or sign up for the limited alpha test shortly.