The Gates of Hell are Open: Diablo II: Resurrected Now Live

Diablo II: Resurrected is finally here and servers are online. The best Blizzard Entertainment remastered game will once more consume thousands of hours of your time in glorious 4K — if you have it — and great modern graphics and cinematics. Read the press release and check out today’s D2R press kit screenshots.

Diablo II: Resurrected Launch Gifts

For the past 3 weeks, Blizzard Entertainment has been in contact with members of the press, Twitch/Youtube content creators and fansites to confirm shipping address, and to inform a gift was coming soon from the Diablo II: Resurrected team.

In compliance with FTC rules, I inform to you that Blizzard Entertainment is sending me a review copy of Diablo II: Resurrected this week; and shipped the following sponsored gifts — all at a free cost to me.

Among the Diablo II: Resurrected items gifted to me are:

  • A large framed poster of The Dark Wanderer.
  • Asobu Hot & Cold Clarity Tumbler for Tea and Coffee
  • Diablo II: Resurrected imprinted journal notebook
  • Seems a Diablo II: Resurrected Game Pad will be shipped at a later time

I’m determining whether to give the shipped gifts away — not because I wish to keep them, but because of the shipping costs (lol). Still reeling from the shipping costs of gifts I $hipped to Germany and Brazil a few years ago. Still burnnnnns.

You can purchase Diablo II: Resurrected for PC, Xbox One/Series X/S, PlayStation 4/5, or Nintendo Switch here.

After the break, I will share some of the tweets sent by other content creators/fansites. Blizzard didn’t ship the same items to everyone.

Diablo II: Resurrected Launch Press Event

Diablo II: Resurrected principal director Rob Gallerani and project lead Michael Bukowski discussed details about the game with several press and fansite members on Monday, Sept 13 (just 10 days before the launch).

  • The team wants to focus on perfecting the core game for launch, but hinted at ideas they may add to the game post-launch: class balance, new items, etc.
  • Ladder-specific content has been unlocked so that single player and non-ladder benefits from it: Runewords, for example.
  • The team decided not to make changes to the Stamina bar as it would break the game in ways. There is gear with run/walk stats and stamina potions.
  • In consoles, you can toggle Run/Walk by pressing down the left-stick in your controller. As you might have seen in my early access videos, you can use a controller plugged to your PC and the game’s HUD will automatically switch to console mode when you press any controller button.
  • Act II presented a problem where the original game showed pillows in the harem as painted over the ground, and D2R has individual 3D pillows. What happens when a sword item is on the ground colliding with 3D pillows? The physics, and how to match a 2D game pretending to be 3D. (VentureBeat)
  • Auras presented a challenge as it clipped with grass and rocks or treasure chests.
  • In consoles, teleport works better by the game picking a default spot to teleport to.
  • D2R is considered a live service. The team will continue to support the game.
  • Act VI is not on the table, but he said he will never deny it either and it is not off the table either.
  • Things they are willing to do post-launch if the community reaction to launch is good: new builds, new runewords, new items.
  • You can play Uber Diablo offline, and you only need one Stone of Jordan offline to summon Uber Diablo. The Team is going to monitor Uber Diablo and the economy of Stone of Jordan ring and take action if they think it is necessary in multiplayer. (Inven.co.kr)
  • The team is considering new content, but currently focusing on shipping the game and server stability.
  • New ladder content is not excluded, but nothing to announce at the moment.
  • Quality-of-Life changes that might be added post-launch: stack gems and potions — but not official. It is merely in discussion internally. There is room for more Quality-of-Life changes in the future.
  • Lag and latency issues will be monitored, and they will make changes and improvements if the need arises.
  • Method of storing items in Global Battle.net has been improved, as well as the method of trading to prevent cheating. The team will continuously monitor this and make changes where needed.
  • Cross-play is being considered, but not official at the moment. The team is open to the possibility of cross-play. It is under internal discussion.
  • Translation is loose, but there seems to be a system that keeps multiple records between each ladder season that players can feel proud of. This sounds like a sort of achievement system or maybe displaying who were the top players in each season filtered year after year.
  • Currently, they plan to hold 6-month ladder seasons. But there can be continuous adjustments, so this means they are open for shorter seasons. Not final.

CONSOLES

  • Players can now invite their friends to their game directly or through a Party Finder to join other players from Sanctuary. we implemented additional options for the Party Finder function. In this way, players can better coordinate and find other people on the same missions.
  • The improvements provided by Xbox Series X | S cannot be underestimated. Quality of life features such as fast resume in offline play allow players to switch from another game to this one seamlessly, saving the current state of the game at any time. Additionally, players will be able to load the game itself and zones faster.

Stealth Runeword at level 17 | Diablo II: Resurrected

The Stealth Runeword can be equipped at level 17 and only consists of two runes easily obtainable. The Stealth Runeword provides 25% faster run/walk and 25% faster cast rate — which makes it perfect for Sorceress, and other fast cast reliant classes.

In addition, it adds Regenerate Mana and Maximum Stamina.

Leaf Runeword for Sorceress lvl 19+ | Diablo II: Resurrected

A good weapon runeword for Sorceress level 19 who want to prepare for Duriel in Act 2. This runeword adds 33% cold resistance and other good stats.

Requirement:

  • Level 19 to equip the Sorceress weapon
  • Short Staff or Superior Short Staff with 2-sockets (these are sometimes sold by Akara in Act 1 or looted from monsters; or a Gnarled Staff from Drognan in Act 2).

Runes:

  • Tir
  • Ral

Malice Runeword Weapon – Early Leveling Diablo II: Resurrected

Melee classes in Diablo II: Resurrected can benefit early in Act 1 from crafting a Malice Rune Word weapon. All you need is to farm the Countess boss in the Forgotten Tower Level 5. You can find the tower in the Black March (found beyond the Passage Way in Dark Wood).

The countess has a % chance to drop Ith, El and Eth Runes. These are required to craft the Malice Rune Word. Just leave the game after you kill the Countess, and enter a new game to kill the Countess again and again until you loot all three runes from her.

From top-to-bottom: the order in which you must place the runes are Ith, El and Eth.

Once you obtain these, you can socket them into a sword or flail with 3-sockets. Mostly, gray-colored text weapons have these sockets. These drop from monsters, jars or treasure chests.

Paladins benefit more from a flail due to its base attributes, but if you are in a rush, imbue a crystal sword or superior crystal sword with 3-sockets.

Diablo® II: Resurrected Reopens the Gates of Hell September 23

The release date of Diablo II: Resurrected was revealed at the Summer Game Fest 2021’s Xbox / Bethesda showcase with a Street Date Trailer that shows a glimpse of one of the cinematics and gameplay.

The Summer Game Fest Xbox / Bethesda showcase featured an interview with Rod Fergusson to talk about Diablo II: Resurrected. You can watch it at the 2:18:13 mark.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Diablo II Cinematic snippet revealed.
  • 27minutes of shot-for-shot recreation of the D2/D2: LOD Cinematics.
  • August’s D2R Multiplayer Beta will be played in Blizzard’s cloud data centers.
  • Console players can participate in the August Beta.
  • Beta Classes: Druid, Paladin, Barbarian, Wizard and Rogue.
  • Those who pre-order Diablo II: Resurrected gain Early Access in the first round of Beta testing.
  • After the August Beta Early Access, at some point there will be an Open Beta where everyone can play.

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