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Diablo 2: Resurrected Panel Summary

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Here comes more info on the Diablo 2 remaster, from Vicarious Visions and Blizzard developers! 

First off, here's the full VoD of the panel:

  • 70-30 visual guide, where 70% is all old visuals, with 30 new changes.
  • The game is 3D.
  • All the item art was remodeled. 
  • There was a big Blizzard North design doc that was used for details and continuity.
  • Upgrading 4 white sprites of garlic in a tavern! 
  • Different art referenced for the garlic!!


  • Zoom camera.
  • Legacy toggle feature - you can go back to the game with the press of a button. The new engine is running on top of the old game and mimicking it live. 
  • All the game logic runs on a 25 FPS cycle, as many of the mechanics are linked to that (attack speed breakpoints etc.), while the actual game runs at a higher framerate. 
  • The item visuals on your character will be more similar/the same as their inventory counterparts and vice-versa!


  • Cinematics will be remastered.
  • Sound impovements, ambient sound, more effects, but all iconic sounds are kept.
  • Spawn rates, item drops and all core mechanics remain the same, it's the same game basically, just visually changed.
  • All the additions were vetted by the "is this addition changing too much", which is part of the reason we HAVE A SHARED STASH!!


  • The UI is also changed, with a little reorganization, but mostly looks the same as you can see.
  • There's an advanced stats screen!


  • Auto gold pickup, but is toggleable on and off.
  • Controller support on PC (but there's still inventory tetris!).
  • A bit of a different game on consoles due to the controller - no pathfinding, teleport has to work differently etc.
  • You can even play a non-expansion character, so you don't get any Lord of Destruction features!
  • There's an item comparison button.
  • 5 more languages added.


  • Certain areas of the game have gotten scarier due to the lighting upgrades.
  • The 3D lighting is one of the major upgrades, the game looks much more atmospherics, especially with spell effects lighting things up.
  • PvP remains, same mechanics, trading works the same.
  • Improvements to the Battle.net lobby, browsing games, typing passwords, making some of the workarounds used by players there to begin with.
  • Shorter ladder resets.
  • Saving previous seasons leaderboards.
  • No more character expiration!
  • Global servers. All regions will be on the same servers.
  • Duplicate names will be allowed, but will be appended with Gamertag, Battle.net ID etc.
  • Remastering D2 was basically game archaeology and they even learned a lot of how Diablo 1 was made.
  • Even Diablo 1 source files helped with remastering the sequel.
  • Duping, bots etc. should be less prevalent due to the new tech from Battle.net net itself and more.
  • You will be able to play offline! But you will not be able to go online with those characters.
  • The game is releasing in 2021.
  • Head on over to the game's site and register for the Tecnical Alpha!

And here's the announcement trailer once more:

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