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Announced at BlizzCon 2021, Diablo 2: Resurrected is real and it's on its way to all major platforms this year.
Over the last year, Blizzard has been unobliging when the rumours of a remastered Diablo 2 were swirling like the ashes of a freshly quashed brazier. We got our first glimpse of the possibility in early 2020, but our hopes were dashed following the admission that the original source code for the game had disappeared. "It's all gone," affirmed Erich Schaefer, one of the creators of Diablo. "We were supposed to have a backup but neglected it. We spent a day or two in sheer panic. It would make it very difficult for Blizzard to do a Diablo 2 remaster because all the assets we used are pretty much gone. They'd have to make them from scratch." Well, there can be miracles when you believe. That's relevant to the article, and also a reference to The Prince of Egypt, the animated movie released in 1998. It still holds up.
Anyway. Diablo 2: Resurrected. It's got "all-new 3D graphics, brand-new cinematics, remastered audio... and the same classic Diablo 2 gameplay you remember," as well as the integration of the Lord of Destruction DLC. "One of the early [lessons] was that the original game is there for those players who want it," said Rod Fergusson in an interview withKotaku Australia. "That was one of the first decisions we made going into this; we weren't going to replace [Diablo 2] original. D2 original is going to live on, and Diablo 2: Resurrected is going to be a separate game." Ergo, mods for the original game will still work and those who opt for the more modern version will see their mods streamlined with Battle.net and its anti-cheat software. Tidy.
Diablo 2: Resurrected will arrive on Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X. There will be cross-progression between platforms and cross-generational play between the PlayStation and the Xbox, but no crossplay between all six platforms. Players will be able to switch between the classic art style and the revamped art style whenever they like, and they'll look forward to improvements like shared stashes, easier item comparisons, item linking in chat, easier drop-in, drop-out invites for multiplayer, and the ability to toggle auto gold collection. With regards to the development of Diablo 2: Resurrected, there was a "70:30 rule," said Rob Gallerani, principal designer at Vicarious Visions. "70 percent of the look and feel had to be dead on nostalgia, exactly what you remember. But 30 percent is a more modern take, more flourish, more fidelity, things like that," he explained.
You've got two options when it comes to your pre-order. The base edition is $40, whereas the Diablo Prime Evil Collection gets you Diablo 2: Resurrected, Diablo 3: Eternal Collection, and the Mephisto pet and Hatred's Grasp wings for Diablo 3 for $60. Diablo 2: Resurrected doesn't have an official release date at the moment, but there is a PC alpha test on the cards, and those interested can sign up here.
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