The news of the Diablo 2 Resurrected 2.4 update next year appears to have gone down reasonably well with the community. There was a lot to digest.
First and foremost the start of the ladders has been highly anticipated but the game’s server issues had put a dampener on that somewhat since launch. Now there’s a rough timeframe in place, excitement for those should start picking up over the next few weeks.
When D2R was announced, Blizzard was being deliberately coy about what could possibly change in the game. Now having seen the positive response from the community to the remaster they appear to be pushing the boat out on changes. Certainly more than I expected to see in a first major patch.
Most of the changes planned are pretty large in scope when you consider this is a 20-year-old game where the meta has become fully established. The plan of changing skills and balance is both daunting and ambitious. There are a lot of veteran players no doubt biting their fingernails concerned about what’s to come. We have to remember this is not Diablo 3 and the team was adamant that D2 will not become D3.
Diablo 2 probably would have seen updates at some point if the original team had remained in place but these changes are better late than never. Issues such as Act 2 Mercs being the obvious option during a playthrough are now being addressed and it will be great to make use of Mercs from other Acts. I know it’s not the done thing but I always tried to keep my Act 1 Merc going as best I could because, well, I kind of felt sorry for them.
The big news was the addition of new runewords and the activation of currently inactive runes. This is going to be really interesting and shake the game, and the economy, up. What will happen with the economy is an unknown, we simply don’t know exactly how it will play out when the ladders launch and new runewords appear. It’s going to be a challenge for those of us working on the Price Check tool which we are continually iterating on right now.
The same goes for Set improvements. There are so many items that could do with some love and I hope with the coming changes they will expand the game somewhat into something slightly new. Not different, just subtly tweak it to make it worthwhile for players to play more and entice some more of the older players back to D2.
The PTR before the 2.4 release is going to be crucial when it comes to testing the balancing. Hopefully enough of the community will install it and provide decent feedback. With so many planned changes in the 2.4 update, Blizzard needs to get it right and that’s only going to happen with decent feedback.
If you missed the recap of what’s coming up make sure you read it. For now though, what are your thoughts on the update, and what are you most looking forward to?
Diablo 2 Resurrected 2.4 update – What are you looking forward to?
Previous Poll Results
In our previous poll we wanted to know what your D2R experience had been like after launch and here are the results.
What has your Diablo 2 Resurrected experience been like?
- Enjoying the game but the server problems have stopped me playing as much as I would like (51%)
- It's been brilliant. Everything I wanted and expected (34%)
- I have given up trying to play until things are fixed (8%)
- Not played it. (4%)
- Done with the game (3%)
Vote Started on: October 25, 2021 @ 5:42 pm