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Diablo II: Resurrected Announced for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC

Diablo II: Resurrected Announced for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 19 February 2021 / 1,945 Views

Publisher Blizzard Entertainment and developer Vicarious Visions have announced Diablo II: Resurrected for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC via Battle.net. It will launch in 2021 with cross-progression on all platforms.

"Diablo II was a pivotal game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world,” said Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack. "With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to bring this classic back to PC and also to consoles—with cross-progression on supported platforms—so that players can relive their memories, or experience Diablo II’s timeless gameplay for the first time, on their platform of choice. With the new high-resolution audio and video in Diablo II: Resurrected, the game is as fun and engrossing today as it was twenty years ago."

View the announcement trailer below:

Here is an overview of the game:

Diablo II: Resurrected is the definitive remastering of Diablo II and its “Lord of Destruction” expansion—two hallmark entries in the company’s genre-defining action role-playing series.

Diablo II was hailed by Time magazine as “arguably the best role-playing game of all time, the best dungeon-crawler of all time and the best PC game of all time.” Diablo II: Resurrected welcomes back veteran heroes and invites a new generation of players to experience the game’s sinfully dark storyline, thrilling loot chase, and visceral hack-and-slash gameplay with modernized visuals that take advantage of the latest gaming hardware.

Diablo II: Resurrected takes the 2D sprite-based classic and brings it into the present with full 3D physically-based rendering, dynamic lighting, revamped animations and spell effects—all stunningly delivered in up to 4K resolution. All 27 minutes of the game’s classic cinematics, chronicling the journey of the mysterious Dark Wanderer, are being remade—shot for shot—from the ground up. The nightmarish sounds of Sanctuary and its memorable soundtrack have also been reinvigorated to support Dolby 7.1 surround sound. By leveling up the game’s audio and visual capabilities, Diablo II: Resurrected will showcase the depth of gameplay and hallmark designs that continue to entertain players around the world to this day.

For those who would prefer a more nostalgic experience, players will be able to freely switch back-and-forth between the modern graphics and the original experience at any time with the press of a button. While Diablo II: Resurrected may look like an all-new game, Diablo II’s signature gameplay and systems are completely intact, quirks and all, adding a few highly requested quality of life improvements, such as a shared stash.

Diablo II: Resurrected features seven highly customizable character classes for players to choose from—the Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress from the core game, as well as the Assassin and Druid from the included Lord of Destruction expansion. Players will be able to make each character their own by selecting skills and talent builds, crafting and socketing items, collecting complete gear sets, acquiring unique arms and armor, assembling Rune Word combinations, and much more.

Diablo II: Resurrected is an all-inclusive package containing a lifetime of adventures. It will take players to the deadly world of Sanctuary, where they will face Diablo, the Lord of Terror, and the forces of Hell through all four thrilling Acts of the original Diablo II campaign. They’ll meet beloved mentor and scholar Deckard Cain, fight alongside the Archangel Tyrael, and encounter other pantheonic characters who have become an indelible part of gaming history. This edition also includes all of the content from the “Lord of Destruction” expansion, with the journey continuing into Act V, where players will brave the dangers of Mount Arreat before facing Baal, the eponymous Lord of Destruction.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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14 Comments
eva01beserk (on 19 February 2021)

Im 100% sure this will outshine diablo 4

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Machina (on 19 February 2021)

If they get this right, no other game matters to me for years to come.

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Ashadelo Machina (on 19 February 2021)

amen

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xl-klaudkil (on 19 February 2021)

Holy shit yesssssss

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mjk45 (on 19 February 2021)

Yes they answered my earlier question from
the previous announcement,about it including Lord of Destruction.

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DroidKnight (on 19 February 2021)

Yes!

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Slap&Ride (5 days ago)

How is multiplayer? Only story mode with 8 players max, or is there something like Rifts from D3? Is it “endless” or just difficulty levels? I played D2 single only. Any additional multiplayer content?

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Machina Slap&Ride (3 days ago)

There's some additional end-game content but not a massive amount. The extra content consists of two events that were added in patches after the game launched. One has you killing an 'Uber' Diablo for a unique charm. The other has you finding items that you use in the Cube to access new areas and taking on a new quest that culminates in a fight against Meph, Diablo, and Baal all at once.

But for the mostpart it's just single player, enjoyed with up to 7 other people. Most of us D2 obsessives found our end-game content to consist mostly of:

  • MF'ing for items, for your own characters and to trade with.
  • Trading said items for gear you want to perfect your own characters (there's a lot more gear variety and specialisation in D2)
  • Experimenting with different builds.
  • Leveling to try and hit 99 (the cap in D2). This takes a LONG time in D2.
  • Duelling (PvP).

    PvP can take part in any multiplayer game incidentally, so you can do Dark Souls-esque invasions and hunt people if you wanna be a jerk. Or you can join proper PvP games and try to take on pub stars with various different builds.

    My favourite hobby was trading up for items for a very niche build of PvP Assassin - a Kicker. And then testing her out in pub PvP games to try and surprise people, because in pubs especially you usually get cookie-cutter builds, so it's fun to surprise people with something different and get their reactions, especially if you end up winnig more than you lose.

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Jumpinbeans (6 days ago)

Prices are up for pc versions on the battle.net store

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Manlytears (on 20 February 2021)

Here is the deal... fans of the original, like myself, are, most likely, going to love this, Vicarious Visions are great devs. and they will keep the "bases" of this old classic for sure, but... D2 is truly a "dated game", many mechanics are not going to please "new comers", i can already see things like... "the hell they need 4 separeted buttons for potions...", and "WTF, you need to press this to select skill and only after mouse click (left or right) you use the skill!!", "All stats are useless, all characters are based on vitality... that's dumb", etc.

Great to see a classic revived, hope for the best.

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xMetroid (on 19 February 2021)

Crossed progression PC + Switch combo will be ELITE

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Chazore (on 19 February 2021)

If this doesn't end up as bad as WC3 reforged, I might just pick this up.

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gtotheunit91 Chazore (on 19 February 2021)

If Vicarious Visions brings out a masterpiece here, they should immediately put them to fixing WC3 Reforged!

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haxxiy Chazore (on 20 February 2021)

It's Vicarious Visions. They'll 100% nail it.

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