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Diablo 2: Resurrected Is on the Launcher, Prime Evil Collection, Alpha Signups and Pre-order Available

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D2:R has arrived on the Battle.net launcher and we thought it would be a good time to remind everyone to sign up for the Technical Alpha in case you haven't yet, and the game is also available for pre-order.

There's also a new bundle available, with D2:R, Diablo 3 Eternal Collection and some new cosmetics:

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While there were many announcements at BlizzConline, and the D2 remaster wasn't exactly a surprise, it was still one of our favorites from the show and we can only hope it gets here as fast as possible!

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26 minutes ago, HugeMurloc said:

Do we know if there will be a physical release of the game? 

We don't but it seems veeeery doubtful. Maybe something like a collector's edition but I wouldn't count on that either.

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19 minutes ago, Starym said:

We don't but it seems veeeery doubtful. Maybe something like a collector's edition but I wouldn't count on that either.

One can hope... 😏

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1 hour ago, HugeMurloc said:

Do we know if there will be a physical release of the game? 

Their previous remasters didn't have physical release except for ce, but those were Korea/China only. Neither did SL (again ce only), so wouldn't count on it.

On a side note: looks like if you already own D3 with expansions, you get a discount (if you can even call it that) for Prime Evil collection. Still 10 more expensive than stardard edition and only things you get are just pet and wings for D3?

Also it was on the launcher just after the announcement.

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9 hours ago, Starym said:

We don't but it seems veeeery doubtful. Maybe something like a collector's edition but I wouldn't count on that either.

I'm cool with developers going the digital route. It's a lot more sustainable and less waste created. The goodies thing I get for collectors, maybe there is a sustainable alternative 🙂 (not trying to channel Greta in here :P)

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4 hours ago, TyZone said:

I'm cool with developers going the digital route. It's a lot more sustainable and less waste created. The goodies thing I get for collectors, maybe there is a sustainable alternative 🙂 (not trying to channel Greta in here :P)

Digital editions are also why games were able to stay priced at 60 for SOOOO long because they cut their production costs. Now we're seeing it go up again, but it stayed at 60 for a decade, which is a little crazy when nothing else did. All for cutting waste. Collectors will find peripheral items about it to collect either way.

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9 hours ago, Laragon said:

Digital editions are also why games were able to stay priced at 60 for SOOOO long because they cut their production costs. Now we're seeing it go up again, but it stayed at 60 for a decade, which is a little crazy when nothing else did. All for cutting waste. Collectors will find peripheral items about it to collect either way.

It's always bizarre to me when people go nuts over the increase to game prices (from 50 to 60) when it's so comically clear that they're spending insanely larger amounts developing them (the teams are comically large compared to the old days) + inflation etc etc... But I'd say the main reason they kept them at 60 s long is microtransactions, even if the game itself doesnt have them, other games from the same publisher do and they keep them from raising stuff.

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On 2/23/2021 at 4:00 PM, Laragon said:

Digital editions are also why games were able to stay priced at 60 for SOOOO long because they cut their production costs. Now we're seeing it go up again, but it stayed at 60 for a decade, which is a little crazy when nothing else did. All for cutting waste. Collectors will find peripheral items about it to collect either way.

This isn't always the case. Depends where you live, for example for me games have gotten more expensive after going digital only. There was a time period when games went from very expensive to very cheap, but then they went back to being quite expensive again, mostly because prices are the same for everyone (although I would hate to have region locks, so this is it a good part, bad part obviously being the price). Even more so with dlcs, microtransactions etc., when 60 euro (yeah, it's often 1:1 dollars to euro, not to mention it's even worse for my local currency) is actually an entry price.

 

15 hours ago, Starym said:

It's always bizarre to me when people go nuts over the increase to game prices (from 50 to 60) when it's so comically clear that they're spending insanely larger amounts developing them (the teams are comically large compared to the old days) + inflation etc etc... But I'd say the main reason they kept them at 60 s long is microtransactions, even if the game itself doesnt have them, other games from the same publisher do and they keep them from raising stuff.

Have to somewhat disagree here. Yes, development costs went up, but also companies are making way more than before and even then they went by the rule of "less for more", where those 60 are the entry point to the whole system that allows for you to spend even more. We've also had many examples of companies releasing day one dlc's, content cut from base game. So judging them on the merit of current practices, there is no good defense for them, other than greed and having to keep investors happy with constant growth (but these are problems with capitalism in general). And some are already experimenting with raising the base price to 70. Does it mean we are going to get more content or less microtransactions? No. Even when they are earning more than before, it's still not enough.

Btw, it reminds me of some old discussions when people argued how microtransactions would actually reduce base game prices by half or more. Those have aged phenomenally. 😁

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Icy needs new pull-down for D2, and Character Builds!

It looks like D2 wont be available on a Mac... dang.

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I read this and money suddenly vanished from my bnet account. This game was 80% of my childhood, the other 20% being AoE2.

Now both have "remasters" and having bought them, I guess I am a nostalgia victim.

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Even i will buy it as well, because D2 also filled many, MANY hours of my life, i still think the price they take for a game with "refurbished" base is more than high. I mean even the standard pick is 40€..... thats nearly a price for a completely new game on the market. 

 

Let's quote Prince Renathal on this:

Prince Renathal says: Greed. Truly one of the most malignant of all sins.

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