Diablo 2 Resurrected Release Date

Diablo 2 Resurrected Release Date

Diablo 2 Resurrected Release Date Page Updated: 13 June 2021

Diablo 2 Resurrected Release Date

Diablo 2 Resurrected will be released on 23 September 2021.

Development Background

Diablo 2 Resurrected was announced at the special online-only Blizzcon event which replaced BlizzCon 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The game is being developed by remaster specialists Vicarious Visions which have since been merged with Blizzard in Irvine. The team has been working on the game for some time prior to the announcement at BlizzCon online.

Vicarious Visions, based in Albany, New York, has been working with Blizzard since last year on the Diablo franchise, including a planned remake of Diablo II, people familiar with the plans said. They asked not to be identified discussing private information.

Team 1 wanted to avoid repeating the mistakes of Warcraft III: Reforged on its next project, the remake of Diablo II. Shortly after the postmortem, however, Blizzard pulled that project from the team and put the division behind Diablo IV in charge. A group at Vicarious Visions is also working on the remake, which was known as Diablo II: Resurrected.

There has been a high demand for a Diablo 2 master for over a decade but previous Diablo 2 developers cast doubt on whether it was even possible. It was thought that much of the source code had been lost it would be impossible to remaster.

Blizzard North founder David Brevik has also stated in the past that moving the game from 2D to 3D would prove difficult.

The approach being taken by the new Blizzard / Vicarious Visions team to remaster Diablo 2 is somewhat ingenious in that the original game runs underneath a new engine.

This approach means that the core of the original game remains intact. It also allows players to flip between the old and new graphics with the push of a key. More information on the game’s features can be found in the FAQ.

Beta/Alpha Testing

The closed alpha test started on 9 April and concluded in April 2021.

The second test is a multiplayer stress test which will take place in August 2021.

As Diablo 2 Resurrected is being launched on the new BattleNet platform instead of the old BattleNet where Diablo Classic currently resides, testing will be essential to facilitate a smooth launch.

How do I get on the beta test?

To gain access to the beta test which starts in August, you need to pre-order the game.

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Further Reading

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