The many whispers of a remaster Diablo are true. Blizzard is actually developing a remaster of its classic PC game, Diablo II. Its been titled Diablo II: Resurrected. Blizzard describes it as the “definitive remastering” of the game, along with its expansion, Lord of Destruction. The original files of the game were said to to have been lost by the original creators, so it’s rather surprising a remaster is in the works at all.
But it’s happening, and it’s heading to the PC and console. Diablo II: Resurrected launches in 2021, releasing on PC, Xbox One/ Series X and S, PlayStation 4/5 and Nintendo Switch. It also features cross-play between platforms. Additionally, progressions can move between platforms. The game is being developed by Tony Hawk studio Vicarious Visions, which recently joined the folds of Blizzard Entertainment.
Resurrected makes big changes to Diablo II. 2D sprites have been replaced with “full 3D physically-based rendering, featuring dynamic lighting and revamped animations. The game will support resolutions up to 4K, depending on your platform of course.
Blizzard also informed fans that all 27 minutes of the game’s cinematics are getting shot-for-shot remakes “from the ground up.” The soundtrack has been updated too, with support for Dolby 7.1.
“Diablo II was a pivotal game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world. 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,” Blizzard president J. Allen Brack said. “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.”
Resurrected also has a classic mode.. kind of, allowing you to press a button to switch between modern and retro graphics. Trademark gameplay, “quirks and all,” will be included in Resurrected, along with quality-of-life improvements like the introduction of a shared stash.
A technical alpha test is currently in the works for PC and you can sign upd for it on the Diablo 2 website.