Blizzard’s 2000 traditional dungeon-crawler is coming again with cross-play.
The rumors are true. Blizzard is growing a remaster of its traditional PC sport, Diablo II, and it is referred to as Diablo II: Resurrected. Blizzard describes it because the “definitive remastering” of the sport, together with its Lord of Destruction growth. The truth that a remaster exists is a shock, on condition that the unique recordsdata had been stated to be really misplaced by the unique creators.
However certainly it’s taking place, and it is on the way in which to PC and console. Resurrected launches in 2021 and it is going to be launched on PC, Xbox One/Sequence X|S, PlayStation 4/5, and Nintendo Change, with cross-play between platforms. Moreover, development can transfer between platforms. As rumored, the sport is being developed by Tony Hawk studio Vicarious Visions, which was lately folded into Blizzard Leisure.
Resurrected modifications Diablo II in a giant means. Gone are the 2D sprites in favor of a “full 3D physically-based rendering,” that includes dynamic lighting and revamped animations. The sport helps resolutions as much as 4K relying in your platform.
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Blizzard additionally introduced that every one 27 minutes of cinematics are getting shot-for-shot remakes “from the bottom up.” The soundtrack has been up to date, too, with assist for Dolby 7.1.
“Diablo II was a pivotal sport for Blizzard and thousands and thousands of gamers around the globe. With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to carry this traditional again to PC and likewise to consoles–with cross-progression on supported platforms–so that gamers can relive their reminiscences, or expertise Diablo II’s timeless gameplay for the primary time, on their platform of selection,” Blizzard president J. Allen Brack stated. “With the brand new high-resolution audio and video in Diablo II: Resurrected, the sport is as enjoyable and engrossing right now because it was twenty years in the past.”
Resurrected additionally has a traditional mode of kinds, a la Halo’s Anniversary video games, the place you may press a button to change between trendy and retro graphics. The sport’s trademark gameplay, “quirks and all,” can be current in Resurrected, together with some quality-of-life enhancements such because the introduction of a shared stash.
Diablo II: Resurrected launches later in 2021 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Sequence X|S, Nintendo Change, and PC, together with last-gen consoles. A technical alpha take a look at is within the works for PC, and you’ll join it on the Diablo 2 website.