Diablo 2: Resurrected treads a fine line

Diablo 2: Resurrected treads a fine


There's more good news for Diablo 2 Resurrected Items players that were wise enough to maintain their stored files from the first game: Resurrected will allow you to import your stored games. So all the progress made if you played the first-time around can be taken over and you needn't return to the beginning and start all over again. Woohoo!

In 2021. Sometime in 2021. That's all Blizzard has said thus far about the expected release date for Diablo II: Resurrected. But given that all we know about the release date for Diablo IV is it will be out on a day in a year that hopefully falls in this decade, I'm pleased to at least know I only have to mark my calendar before 31 December 2021 to get Resurrected*. Unless, of course, Blizzard announces a delay. In which case I will rant endlessly on social networking and to my mother.

Diablo 2: Resurrected was one of the few Blizzcon 2021 statements which will actually release this season. The name was called a"faithful" remaster of the 2000 dungeon crawler Diablo 2, which Blizzard Entertainment will bring about life by improving the images of the original name. While that might freshen the 21-year-old match, the release sorely lacks many characteristics players anticipate out of contemporary hack-and-slashers. Diablo 2: Resurrected launch appears to have heard from the controversial launch of Warcraft 3: Reforged, but it's still another remake charging players for less content.

The Diablo 2 remaster only slightly changes the original's two-decade-old user interface. It'll lack crossplay at launch, and its own cross-progression feature requires players to buy the game double. Despite all that, Blizzard has obviously learned from its mistakes by ensuring Diablo 2: Resurrected would not replace the first (such as Warcraft 3: Reforged did for Warcraft 3). However, these marginal changes put a terrible precedent for future Blizzard remasters.

Remasters and remakes have become a core component of many developer release strategies because of their relative simplicity to create compared to brand-new IPs. Blizzard can spend a small part of its dev power to churning out remasters of its classic games to make a quick gain and satiate fans since they await its larger jobs, like Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. However, Diablo 2: Resurrected treads a fine line between staying faithful to Cheap Diablo 2 Items the original and re-selling a match from 2000.