Diablo 2 Resurrected Announced for Multiple Consoles
Blizzard Entertainment and Vicarious Visions, the Activision-Blizzard subsidiary that was recently given into Blizzard proper, have revealed the Diablo 2 Resurrected, it is going to be the remaster of the 2000 action-RPG classic. It’s will come out in 2021 for PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch
Resurrected will come with all of the content from the Lord of Destruction expansion pack, which includes the Assassin and Druid player classes. The announcement was the climactic bit of BlizzCon 2021, aka “Blizzconline.”
“It’s a great time to bring back Diablo 2,” Diablo franchise executive producer Rod Fergusson said to IGN, referencing last year’s 20th anniversary of Diablo 2 and this year’s 30th anniversary of Blizzard itself. And, he was clear, “it’s a remaster, not a remake. We wanted the game.” Diablo 2 Resurrected has a modern 3D layer on top that features particle-based rendering, dynamic lighting, and, where appropriate, upgraded visuals and sound. On PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, the remaster will run at 4K and 60fps. PC will also support ultra-wide monitors and gamepads. On the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 families of consoles along with the Nintendo Switch, it will run at lower resolutions. Cross-progression will be supported on any platforms that choose to enable it, according to Blizzard.
It is the original game under the layers, at 800×600 resolution. And like Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and LucasArts’ Special Editions of Monkey Island 1 and 2, you can press a button to turn back and forth between the original game and the remastered version. Cinematics, however, can’t really be up-rezzed. Blizzard and Vicarious Visions are “fully remaking every minute” of Diablo 2’s cinematics, which is about 27 minutes of pre-rendered video.