I have played Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access for approximately a combined 15+ hours; but keep in mind these videos are recorded from the point of view of a non-savvy player. So don’t expect guides, tutorials or such.
It is great to be able to toggle between the remastered version and the legacy version to see how things looked like originally versus fully 3D rendered models. You can toggle this by pressing the G key.
You can also zoom in to see your character, NPCs and monsters in details by pressing the F key.
Something I did not expect to see in Diablo II: Resurrected is that water on the ground actually reflects your character’s mirror image. I do not have a RTX video card. My video card is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 (originally released in January 22, 2015). Therefore, it caught me by surprise to zoom in and see my Druid character’s reflection on the water.
Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access starts on August 13 for those who pre-ordered the game. The preload started earlier today August 11 around 12:48am EST. However, some people report they haven’t.
Redditor crimson4649 shared with other community members that Microsoft allegedly leaked the Diablo II: Resurrected Beta will start on Tuesday, August 17.
Microsoft seems to have updated the page, removing the date. If this actually happened, this might mean that Blizzard Entertainment might announce Beta next week via a developer blog. Possibly by Thursday, August 12. This is just speculation at this point as there is no WayBackMachine or Google Cached page to confirm this redditor’s word.
Blizzard Entertainment held a South Asia Press Event online (likely via Zoom app) where media outlets were able to interview Andre Abrahamian (game designer) and Matthew Cederquist (game producer) about Diablo II: Resurrected.
This press event seems to have been held a day after D2R tech alpha ended. It seems there was an embargo date to publish the Q&A today. So don’t expect a lot of new info.
Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo II: Resurrected during BlizzConline 2021, but it was widely known after the leak that revealed it was in development by Vicarious Visions. It has been a long wait not only for the confirmation of the leak to become official, but also the longing for playing the game once more in modern PCs.
I was never very good at figuring out builds and proper gear in Diablo II, but there was always something alluring with slaying demons, and exploring deep gritty caves and ancient temples while completing quest objectives back in the day.
I am sharing some of the screenshots I took while playing through Diablo II: Resurrected tech alpha Act I and II. You can see how NPCs in Lut Gholein and monsters look like in HD. The quality is very impressive, and we could argue even better than Diablo III NPC, props and tileset graphics.
The Diablo II: Resurrected tech alpha offers console controller support. I plugged my PDP Gaming Wired Controller (Xbox One), and to my surprise the game automatically recognized a controller was plugged to the PC, and auto-switched to controller-mode UI a couple seconds later.
The UI will switch back to PC mode if you press keys on your keyboard, but switch back to Console Controller when you press buttons there.
The UI is a bit confusing at first, but the button icons appear on top of the UI to guide you which button to press. Now what I haven’t been able to find is how to edit button keybinds, but hopefully that’s something in development.
The Diablo II: Resurrected settings UI look very high-quality. The Graphics settings offer very high texture quality, texture anisotropy, ambient occlusion quality, transparency quality, shadow quality, anti-aliasing options, and you can set Legacy Video options too.
Blizzard PR sent a link to the Diablo II: Resurrected tech alpha press kit. The team shared 20 screenshots of the game. Tech alpha (Test #1) will include Act I and II of the single player, and three classes: Barbarian, Amazon and Sorceress.
Future tests will expand access to other content such as the remaining classes and PvP. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, follow @blizzplanetcom in twitter or Facebook for updates; and youtube.com/blizzplanet for gameplay videos.
Blizzard is reaching out to content creators to join tech alpha tomorrow Thurs, April 8. Those who pre-registered at Diablo2.Blizzard.com will have a chance to access tech alpha on Fri, April 9.