The long-rumoured Diablo 2 remaster has been finally announced during the BlizzConLine opening ceremony on 19th February.
Diablo 2 Remaster rumours have been going on for quite some time, with Vicarious Visions recently being all but confirmed as a studio working on the remaster.
The name of the remaster, Diablo 2 Resurrected, has been guessed correctly as well, and Vicarious Visions has been working with Blizzard since last year on bringing back Diablo 2.
Now that the game has been officially confirmed, let's take a look at everything we currently know about it.
Diablo 2 Resurrected visual changes and upgrades
Old and new graphics (Picture: Blizzard)
Diablo 2: Resurrected comes with a new 3D engine and completely recreated cinematics.
The game's visuals are upgraded to support 4K and high refresh rates like 144 Hz, and everything else which you expect from modern video games.
And while the game uses a new 3D engine, Diablo 2: Resurrected has been built upon the game's original code, and besides these new visuals, the game itself is the exact same Diablo 2 like it was 20 years ago.
The only new things are models, surroundings and visual effects, while the way the game works remains completely the same.
And in case you don't like the new visual style, you can change it back to the original look with a click of a button.
When it comes to the audio, the game's soundtrack and sound effects have been remastered for Dolby 7.1, but with the same recordings from the original game.
Diablo 2 Resurrected new features
The new inventory (Picture: Blizzard)
While the game will mostly feel exactly like the original, some quality-of-life changes have been added to improve the experience.
The game will introduce new and revamped Ladder Seasons which will have more frequent restarts.
User Interface has been redesigned as well and will feature advanced character sheet stat information, item tooltip comparisons, automatic partying upon entering multiplayer games, and more.
Finally, Diablo 2 Resurrected comes with an expanded stash, which can be now shared among all of your characters. Personal Stash is now increased from 6x8 to 10x10 grid, while the Shared Stash tab will allow you to quickly exchange items between all of your characters on a single Battle.net account.
It is important to note that you can turn off all these new features if you want a completely authentic old school experience.
Diablo 2 Resurrected platforms and cross-progression
Diablo 2 Resurrected is slated for release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Nintendo Switch.
The game will also feature cross-progression, which means that you can play with your characters on any platform, whenever you want, with all your characters and items being available on all platforms.
Diablo 2 Resurrected release date
Diablo 2 Resurrected is scheduled for release on 23rd September 2021.