Stay there for a while, and listen,
After announcing Diablo 2: Resurrected during BlizzCon, Blizzard revealed more titbits about the remaster of their outstanding 21-year-old action-RPG over the weekend. This will be a separate game, unlike the recent Warcraft 3 remaster, and will not update or replace the original Diablo 2. And: Yep, mods will be supported. I’m wary of the Warcraft 3 mess: Reforged, but God, I want this so badly to be good.
In a video Q&A, Fellas from Diablo 2: Resurrected, Diablo 4, and Diablo Immortal addressed questions from the public. Such as whether the original Diablo 2 will be overwritten by D2R.
“No, absolutely not,” D2R principal designer Rob Gallerani replied. “Everything you have about D2 currently will stay D2. This is a separate product, separate game. You can play ’em both at the same time if you want.”
That’s nice to hear after Warcraft 3: Reforged replaced the original release controversially, patching it up to Reforged. This new version, however, lacked several characteristics and introduced new problems. Enough people were unhappy that Blizzard offered refunds, a move beyond their usual refund policy, to anyone who wanted them.
As for mods, in, uh, a Twitter thread pretending to be Deckard Cain, they were confirmed:
In the Q&A, Gallrani also stated that D2R is based on the current live version of D2, 1.14, without changes in balance (although he noted “the balance of the game live has quirks for it”) or new Runewords or something like that.
“We wanted to focus on nailing the foundation of the authentic experience,” he said. “We didn’t want to start balancing it out to something else, because if we gave players this game that they remembered but things felt differently because we balanced them or rebalanaced them, it’s too many variables. So right now we’re focused on pretty much what’s live today.”
That’s interesting to me, because 1.14 isn’t the Diablo 2 that I remember very much. I played D2 the most in Patch 1.10 of 2003 and Patch 1.11 of 2005. That’s the state in which the game settled for a long time, with Blizzard not making significant changes again until 2010 – by which point I think mostly only mega players remained. But I’m game, hey. Looks like 1.13c has brought some skill buffs that I would appreciate and ooh respect!
Over the weekend, another panel discussed the process of remaking the entire game in 3D, including some interesting information about the recovery and recycling of assets that were used to make the original. Apparently, the new Tyrael’s wings are taken directly from the 3D model that was used to create his 2D sprite.
Diablo 2: The launch of Resurrected is due later this year. On Battle.net, it will cost £ 35, and will also be on Switch, PlayStations, and Xboxes – and all platforms can share your characters.