Diablo 2 will have the right to a revised and corrected version. Blizzard wants to give a facelift to its legendary hack and slash this year. Release date, platforms, price, we tell you everything there is to know about this new title.
Diablo 2 Resurrected is hands down one of the most anticipated titles of the year. From the moment it was announced at the Blizzcon in February, it sparked excitement. It is true that the presentation video is very envious. Studio Vicarious Vision, which previously worked on the Tony Hawk remake, is at work here. This is not a remake, nor just a graphic remaster. In reality it is somewhat in between. It will be possible to enjoy the original experience, but with a serious technical upgrade. It seems a little vague, like that, but we explain everything to you in this file.
Blizzard does not intend to repeat the mistakes of the past, especially with the remaster of Warcraft 3 which did not really convince fans. This is why Diablo 2 Resurrected will likely be more polished, which raises expectations even further. In addition, the first opinions of the journalists who were able to play there are rave. Confidence is therefore essential.
Of course, new information could appear over time and we will modify this file accordingly. It is therefore required to evolve.
“What is Diablo 2?
In 1997, the Blizzard North studio released the first Diablo, a dark and gothic hack and slash which quickly knows a phenomenal craze. The goal ? Choose a hero and descend to the depths of the Catacombs of Tristram to face the terrible Diablo, the Lord of Terror.
Faced with such a success, Blizzard immediately started working on a sequel, soberly named Diablo 2. It was released in 2000 and improved the first game in every way. The gameplay was enriched, the universe expanded, the environments varied, in short, it was a total success. In 2001, the game will welcome an expansion: Lord of Destruction. Diablo 2 made such an impact that it is considered the best hack and slash in history. Since then, Blizzard released Diablo 3 in 2012, then its Reaper of Souls expansion in 2014, but the latter has never succeeded in replacing the second episode in the hearts of players.
This is why the studio has decided to give it a second life with this Resurrected version. It will offer what made the success of the original title, but by starting from scratch the graphic part. We will see this more closely a little further.
🗓When is Diablo 2 Resurrected released?
Diablo 2 Resurrected does not yet have an official release date. As usual with Blizzard, it will be “when it’s done”. However, we know that the game will be released in 2021, with the official site ensuring marketing no later than December.
Blizzard has indeed launched its first technical alpha for handpicked players. It will be followed by others, then by closed and public betas. In any case, this is the usual process. All this should only last a few months, the game is already very advanced. The bets are therefore open, but for our part, we can see him coming out around the start of the school year.
🎮On which platforms is Diablo 2 Resurrected released and at what price?
Diablo 2 Resurrected 2 will be released on pretty much all current platforms. It will of course be on PC, but also on consoles: Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, PS4 and PS5. If you are the nomadic type, know that he will be also released on Nintendo Switch.
If the game is basically designed for the keyboard / mouse combo, the gameplay with the controller is quite suitable, even more pleasant on certain points. Diablo 3, for example, has been successfully released on consoles, Switch included! Very interestingly, the progress will be linked to your Blizzard account: you start a game on PC and you can resume it on Switch without a problem.
At the moment we only have the price of the PC version: 39.99 euros, but it shouldn’t differ much on other platforms. Note that a Prime Evil version, which also includes Diablo 3 and all its content, will also be marketed at 59.99 euros.
🆕What will be the changes?
We told you earlier that Diablo 2 Resurrected was halfway between remake and remaster and it’s time to explain why. You should know that this new version will be almost the same than the one released in 2000. The gameplay, still effective, barely budges an iota. Almost, because very rare changes have been made for more comfort, such as a larger bag or reworked menus.
However, the game has nothing to do graphically. Indeed, Vicarious Visions has started from scratch to offer us a redesigned visual aspect and a reinvention that is faithful to the original title. Diablo 2 Resurrected is therefore the old game you have known, but in a new setting. It will be possible to play in 4K and 144 FPS… and even on your 21: 9 screen on PC. Isn’t life beautiful?
The studio had the good idea to let you switch from new graphics to old ones instantly with the touch of a button. This allows you to see the work done and to see that apart from the visual, nothing has changed in the arrangement of the sets and in the atmosphere. Note that this new title will be so faithful to the original that it will even be possible to use its old backup to continue a character! Important clarification: Diablo 2 Resurrected will include base game content as well as its Lord of Destruction expansion.
In short, a visual revolution, but a faithful game, this is the philosophy of Diablo 2 Resurrected.
❓What future for the Diablo franchise?
Diablo will come back in force in the coming years. Indeed, Diablo 2 Resurrected is not than one of the three expected games taking place in the universe of Sanctuary. Here are the other Diablo titles coming in the future:
Diablo Immortal : better known for having created a bad buzz during Blizzcon 2018 than for its video game qualities, Diablo Immortal is always well planned. This is a mobile game that will be placed chronologically between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3. Here Blizzard wanted to transcribe the gameplay of the third installment on our phones and give it an MMORPG aspect. At the moment, Diablo Immortal does not have a specific release date, but Blizzard has indicated that it will be available in the year 2021.
Diablo 4 : the fourth installment was presented with great fanfare at Blizzcon 2019 via a breathtaking video.
Since then, he has kept a low profile, although we had the right to introduce a new character, the thief, at Blizzcon 2021, as well as some gameplay sequences. Diablo 4 wants to reconnect with the atmosphere of the second episode while being more modern in its gameplay. Thus, we will likely find the nervousness of the third installment in combat as well as the presence of an open world. As for the release date, Blizzard has said it is taking its time. One thing is certain, it will not be marketed in 2021. If it comes out in 2022, we may consider ourselves lucky …
That’s all there is to know about Diablo 2 Resurrected right now. Of course, we will update this file if new information appears. Stay tuned!