Terrific news for old-school Diablo II players. Diablo II: Resurrected is bringing all the ladder-only content to non-ladder players. Season 1 Ladder will be available at some point after launch, not because of what people speculates, but to monitor and improve server performance in the first weeks before introducing ladder, to make sure everyone’s experience is the best.
Here is a quote from Hooley on Diablo II: Resurrected ladder and non-ladder plans.
Hooley: “Over the last week, we have seen much speculation and reactions from the community around the subject of Ladder play releasing post-launch. We wanted to take this opportunity to share that Ladder Only Rune Words, Unique Items, and Horadric Cube Recipes that were once restricted to Ladder rank play will now for the first time be included in non-ladder multiplayer and single player play.
We understand these items complement prominent builds and playstyles cherished by the community. Furthermore, we have heard the community ask to include these items into the single player experience for quite some time. Now players playing solo can also partake in the metas that have become popularized from the original multiplayer Ladder experience. Furthermore, single player will now also include access to the Pandemonium Event and Uber Diablo content.
To mitigate server impact and protect server stability of the game during the launch window, we plan to have Ladder rankings and listings to be implemented shortly after launch. This will enable players to have a fair chance to partake in the race that comes with the first season’s Ladder for Diablo II: Resurrected and not run into any possible launch window stability issues that could impede that experience. Once we have a more precise gauge on this front, we’ll notify the community of the exact date and time in September.
We hope this provides clarity on our intentions with the Ladder and related systems at launch. We look forward to sharing the Ladder start times with the community. Once we have it locked in, we’ll provide early enough notice so players can make the appropriate accommodations for their race to 99.”
You can read the Diablo II: Resurrected Open Beta Patch Notes in his forum thread which include several crash and UI bug fixes, and network, stability and performance optimizations.