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Diablo II: Resurrected brings Lord of Terror back to life

If you thought Diablo was horrifying before on your CRT monitor, wait until you see the Lord of Terror in all his HD glory in Diablo II: Resurrected. Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment
Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment

If you thought Diablo was horrifying before on your CRT monitor, wait until you see the Lord of Terror in all his HD glory in Diablo II: Resurrected. Developed by Blizzard Entertainment and in-house studio Vicarious Visions, Diablo II: Resurrected is reborn on Windows PC via Battle.net, and on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch system.

Diablo II: Resurrected will introduce one of our most beloved games to all-new audiences. It was an honor for Vicarious Visions to join Blizzard and form the team that brought this classic back to life. Everyone involved was driven by a commitment to do right by the players, and I’m hugely proud of what they’ve accomplished,” said Blizzard Entertainment Co-Leader Jen Oneal in a press statement.

Authentic experience

Available today, Sept. 24, Diablo II: Resurrected is the definitive remaster of Diablo II and its Lord of Destruction expansion. The genre-defining action role-playing game has been faithfully modernized to be more stunning, more accessible, and more fun than ever before.

Designed to take full advantage of today’s modern gaming hardware, Diablo II: Resurrected supports up to 4K resolution displays. It  also includes fully remastered 7.1 Dolby Surround audio so players won’t miss a single bloodcurdling scream. All 27 minutes of the original  game’s cinematics were also re-shot with stunning high-fidelity visuals.

While considerable work went into bringing Diablo II into the modern era, preserving the authenticity of the experience was  paramount — the original game engine is still running “under the hood,” performing the same calculations and game logic as it did back in the year 2000.

With cross-progression, players can log into their Battle.net account on anywhere they have purchased the game for access to their characters and loot. To help bring Diablo II to more players than ever before, this remaster includes a wide array of accessibility and quality-of-life options. They allow players to fine-tune their experience without ever compromising its classic gameplay. These accessibility-focused improvements include:

  • Controller support on all platforms
  • Font scaling, colorblind modes, and readability options
  • Emote wheel for faster communication
  • Volume adjustment across a multitude of audio channels
  • Auto-gold pickup
  • Increased and shared stash
  • Extensive key-binding options, including a bindable “Interact” hotkey on controllers, and more

Fresh look

Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment
Image credit: Blizzard Entertainment

Diablo II: Resurrected features seven iconic playable character classes. The Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress each offer rich and varied gameplay. The Druid and Assassin from Lord of Destruction also return, as ferocious and elusive as ever. The new 3D heroes have updated armor, clothing, skin textures, animations, and more.

The entirety of the game has received a massive graphical overhaul, so returning Diablo II veterans taking a fresh look at Sanctuary will find never-before-seen details, like looking through prescription glasses for the first time. Though updated, the characters, monsters, and environments in Diablo II: Resurrected still capture the dark ambience that Diablo fans remember. Reliving those memories is a cinch, too. Swapping between the modern 3D graphics and the original 2D experience only takes the push of a button.

Diablo II: Resurrected is now available as a standalone experience (suggested retail price US$39.99) or as part of the Diablo Prime Evil Collection (suggested retail price US$59.99), which includes:

  • Diablo II: Resurrected
  • the Diablo III Eternal Collection, comprising Diablo III, the Reaper of Souls expansion, and the Rise of the Necromancer content pack
  • The Mephisto pet and Hatred’s Grasp wings for Diablo III