Blizzard took advantage of BlizzConline to announce a remastered version of its famous hack’n’slash, Diablo II.
Some would say that the new edition of BlizzCon, exclusively online because of the coronavirus pandemic, was marked by a certain nostalgia. Difficult to prove them completely wrong, between the announcement of Burning Crusade for World of Warcraft Classic and the announcement of the release of the studio’s oldest titles (The Lost Vikings 1, Rock n’ Roll Racing and Blackthorne).
Diablo II Resurrected announced by Blizzard
But the biggest announcement in the matter is undoubtedly the announcement of the release of Diablo II
Remastered, Reforged, Resurrected, with the extension Lord of Destruction. And this is not just a simple release on today’s consoles and computers – more exactly in 2021, but the game is already on sale for 39.99 euros. The famous hack’n’slash will be entitled to a visual, sound and gameplay overhaul,
With Diablo II Resurrected, Blizzard has come full circle. The company had already applied this treatment to two other of its large licenses, by launching Warcraft III : Reforged and StarCraft Remastered. All that was missing was Diablo, although Blizzard had already had fun, with Diablo III and the Dark Age of Tristram patch, featuring a game-like dungeon Diablo of the time.
According to Blizzard, the game brings together all the content of the 4 acts of Diablo II and its expansion, which adds 2 other classes, but also items, ethereal objects, runes and runic inscriptions. The game includes 7 classes, but also a co-op mode for up to 8 players via Battle.net. Of course, a ranking system and seasons is on the program to measure up against the rest of the community.
In terms of features, Blizzard specifies that there will be a shared progression, so that you can find your characters and their progress in the game from any platform you connect to. This includes heroes, items, levels, quests, skills, and talents, as long as you have a Battle.net account.
On a more technical level, Blizzard explains having taken over the 2D world of Sanctuary to recreate it with 3D graphics. The soundtrack is in high definition, with re-recorded 7.1 surround sound, and the game is able to handle ultra high definition (4K) at 2160p. According to Blizzard, a classic mode will compare in real time the game at the time and its modernized version.
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