Ah, to be young. As a young lad, I spent countless hours playing games Diablo ii on the family computer. I hacked and slashed my way through the acclaimed, influential, groundbreaking Blizzard RPG, which put quite a strain on my clicking finger along the way (if you’ve never played it takes a lot of clicking). Now Blizzard has revealed as part of the BlizzCon 2021 announcements Diablo II: Risen comes to all modern consoles – and, if you’re a punishment glutton like me, a click-ready PC.
This new version of Diablo II will render the 2D original with 3D physics-based graphics, new animations, magic effects and a 4K resolution. The original films of the game are remade shot by shot. The sound is delivered in a clear, new Dolby 7.1 surround sound mix. And if you’re really looking for some nostalgia, don’t worry – you can always switch between this version of the game and the original graphics / sound.
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J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment, said of the resurrection of the game:
“Diablo II was a pivotal game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world. With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to bring this classic back to PC and consoles – with cross-progression on supported platforms – so that the Players can relive their memories on the platform of their choice or experience the timeless gameplay of Diablo II for the first time. With the new high definition audio and video in Diablo II: Resurrected, the game is just as fun and exciting as it was twenty years ago . ”
Diablo II: Resurrected will be available later in 2021 for PC, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Check out the official round-up below and sign up for alpha play here.
Diablo II: Resurrected is an all-inclusive package of lifelong adventures. It will take players into the deadly world of the Sanctuary, where they will face Diablo, Lord of Terror, and the forces of Hell in all four exciting acts of the original Diablo II campaign. You will meet beloved mentor and scholar Deckard Cain, battle the Archangel Tyrael, and encounter other pantheonic characters that have become an indelible part of game history. This edition also contains the entire contents of the “Lord of Destruction” expansion. The journey continues in Act V, where players brave the dangers of Mount Arreat before facing Baal, the Lord of Destruction of the same name.
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