“This is not a remake”Said on BlizzConline’s Diablo II: Resurrected title Rod Fergusson, who has been in charge of the Diablo franchise at Blizzard since early 2020. A re-release has been rumored for years and we now know the project will be coming to both PCs and consoles in 2021. Resurrected has 3D graphics and some modern conveniences, but it’s still basically the same Diablo II.
“We’re not trying to reverse engineer the game and build everything from scratch to make it look like Diablo. IIFergusson said. – That’s what it is Diablo II… It’s based on the same basic gameplay, the same story and tone, even the voices of the same actors. “… And yet, Diablo II: Resurrected has a lot of new features, including a 3D engine, Dolby surround sound, and the convenience of shared item storage and an integrated Battle.net Friends list. Let’s go over all this in more detail.
First, the innovations:
Price… 1999 RUB on PC for Diablo II: Resurrected (includes Lord of Destruction addon).
3D-graphics and Dolby 7.1. A brand new graphics engine that Blizzard says uses “Physics rendering model”, completely new animations, models, textures and visuals. In other words, it is a modern 3D game with support for high resolutions and refresh rates.
Surround sound support is new, but the sound effects themselves will remain the same. “We are improving the atmosphere in the surrounding world so that players can hear the wind blowing in the streets and rustle in the jungle– said Fergusson. – But we don’t change iconic sounds like inserting a skull into a socket or adding a potion to our belt. That is, all the characteristic sounds that evoke a reaction in you, like Pavlov’s dog, and immediately identify the game as Diablo II, users will continue to hear unchanged. “
Redesigned stash. There will now be more loot space – the number of cells in the personal cache has been increased from 6 × 8 to 10 × 10. In addition, there is a shared stash tab for all characters linked to a Battle.net account, so transferring gear from one hero to another will be easy. You don’t need to use mule characters.
Automatic collection of gold and items and other innovations designed to make life easier for players can be turned off. Chief Designer Rob Gallerani of the game’s studio Vicarious Visions noted: “If you want to pick up gold by clicking on it, you can do it. If you just want to run on it to pick up, then this is possible. “… There are new hotkeys, improved display of parameters and characteristics in the character window, comparison of item properties using tooltips, automatic group formation when entering the multiplayer mode – these are not all the benefits of the updated user interface of Diablo II: Resurrected.
Completely redesigned videos. This is the only aspect in which D2R can be called a remake. The plot videos have been completely redesigned, not just stretched the original files for a new resolution. But they were created by the same people who worked on the scenes in the 2000 game. “We wanted to take this really dramatic story, 27 minutes of clips … and rework them from scratch using modern technology and computer graphics.– said Fergusson. – So it will look fantastic. But, again, all the scenes and actions are recreated frame by frame – where in the original there is a transition from one scene to another, we have exactly the same transition. “
Fashion. Diablo II mods have been in the works for 20 years, and Diablo II: Resurrected will also offer mod support. But not everything will work the same way, since modern Battle.net is stricter in terms of security. For example, you won’t be able to use DLL injectors like in the old game. At the same time, many aspects of the game that previously required such aggressive mods have been moved in the remaster to more easily modifiable data areas, so modders will still be able to access them. So access to them will remain, despite the stricter security measures of modern Battle.net.
Battle Friends Lists.net, dedicated servers and security. Rob Gallerani says Blizzard is battling item cloning (aka dupes), bots and other tricks in the modern Battle.net client. In addition, the new game allows you to simply click on a friend’s name to invite him to the game, without having to enter an IP address or scroll through the list of gaming sessions. There is support for dedicated Battle.net servers.
A progress synchronization function is also planned. Diablo 2: Resurrected is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Switch, and Blizzard is working on adding a system for transferring progress between platforms. Characters, their leveling and items will be shared. To synchronize progress, you need a Battle.net account to which copies of the game are linked (for each platform you need to buy separately).
Support for PC controllers. There is.
It’s a completely separate game… The Diablo II classic remains intact, unlike Warcraft III: Reforged. Diablo II: Resurrected is a standalone game and does not replace the original.
Special abilities… Blizzard has added colorblind and visually impaired modes, and has made changes to how text is displayed to make it more user-friendly.
But a lot will remain the same:
Content. Resurrected includes Diablo II and the Lord of Destruction expansion. The same seven characters, the same campaigns, no new modes or stories. The developers said they were tempted by the idea of adding more content, but decided to focus on polishing the reissue.
Original graphics and game code. You can switch to classic Diablo II graphics at any time. Resurrected runs on the original code: all game logic, sprites, item drop rates, odds and percentages are all calculated by the old game and still tied to 25 frames per second. Basically, the new 3D engine works on top of the old 2D base, just rendering the original differently. However, one of the creators of the old game, David Brevik, pointed out on Twitter that there may be some minor changes to the AI and skills, because Diablo II was designed for 4: 3 displays.
Inventory size. Blizzard wanted to expand inventory in the spirit of modern games, but abandoned this idea because the limitations in this area were part of the structure and mechanics of the game.
Tricks that don’t destroy the game. The reissue will retain some of the tricks characteristic of the original. For example, if a player knows exactly where to stand in a battle with a certain boss so that he cannot hit him, this will work in the remaster too.
If you wish, you can will be still create online games over TCP / IP. By default, the online game is now hosted on dedicated Battle.net servers rather than locally, but players can host the server on their PC, making it available through Batlte.net, or even switch back to TCP / IP connections.
On the official site of the game, you can apply to participate in the alpha test or pre-order Diablo II: Resurrected.
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