What Changed in Diablo II: Resurrected, and What Remained the Same21.02.2021
Here we will talk in detail about what changed with the arrival of Diablo II: Resurrected, and what remained the same as the old version of the game.
“This is not a remake,” Rod Fergusson, who has been responsible for the Diablo franchise at Blizzard since the beginning of 2020, said of the game Diablo II: Resurrected presented at BlizzConline. The re-release has been rumored for years, and now we know that the project will be released on PCs and consoles of both generations in 2021. In Resurrected, there are 3D graphics and some modern amenities, but at the same time it is basically the same Diablo II.
“We’re not trying to reverse engineer the game and create everything from scratch to make it look like Diablo II,” Fergusson said. — This 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 to offer, including a 3D engine, Dolby surround sound, and the convenience of shared item storage and an integrated friends list. Battle.net. Let’s go through all this in more detail.
Price. $39.99. on PC for Diablo II: Resurrected (includes the Lord of Destruction addon).
3D graphics and Dolby 7.1. A brand new graphics engine that, according to Blizzard, uses a “physical rendering model”, brand new animations, models, textures and visual effects. In other words, it is a modern 3D game with support for high resolutions and refresh rates.
Support for surround sound is an innovation, 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 the rustle in the jungle,” Fergusson said. — But we don’t change the iconic sounds like inserting a skull into a nest or adding a potion to your belt. That is, all the characteristic sounds that cause you to react like Pavlov’s dog, and immediately identify the game as Diablo II, users will still hear unchanged.”
Redesigned cache. Now there will be more space for mining-the number of cells in the personal cache has been increased from 6×8 to 10×10. In addition, there is a shared cache tab for all the characters linked to the account Battle.net so it will be easy to transfer equipment from one hero to another. You don’t need to use the mule characters.
Automatic collection of gold and items and other innovations designed to simplify the life of players can be disabled. Chief designer Rob Gallerani (Rob Gallerani) from the studio Vicarious Visions, responsible for the game, said: “If you want to raise gold by clicking on it, you can do it. If you just want to run through it to pick it up, then this is also possible.” There are new keyboard shortcuts, improved display of parameters and characteristics in the character window, comparison of item properties using tooltips, automatic group formation when entering multiplayer mode — these are not all the advantages of the updated Diablo II: Resurrected user interface.
Completely redesigned videos. This is the only aspect in which D2R can be called a remake. The story clips were completely reworked, and not just stretched the source files under the 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 commercials… and to rework them from scratch using modern technologies and computer graphics, – said Fergusson. — So it’s going to 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.”
Mods. Mods for Diablo II have been created for 20 years, and Diablo II: Resurrected will also offer support for mods. But not everything will work in the old way, because the modern Battle.net stricter on 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 are moved to more easily modifiable data areas in the remaster, so modders will still be able to access them. So that access to them will continue, despite the more stringent security measures modern Battle.net.
Friend Lists Battle.net, dedicated servers and security. Rob Gallerani says that Blizzard is struggling with the ability to clone items (the so-called DUP), bots and other tricks in the modern client Battle.net. In addition, the new game allows you to simply click on a friend’s name to invite them to the game, without having to enter an IP address or scroll through the list of game sessions. There is support for dedicated servers Battle.net.
A progress synchronization feature is also planned. Diablo 2: Resurrected will be released on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, as well as Switch, and Blizzard is working on adding a system for transferring progress between platforms. The characters, their leveling, and items will be shared. You need an account to sync your progress Battle.net, to which copies of the game are linked (for each platform you need to buy separately).
Support for PC controllers. There are.
This is a completely separate game. The Diablo II classic remains intact, unlike Warcraft III: Reforged. Diablo II: Resurrected is a separate game, not as a substitute for the original.
Special features. Blizzard has added modes for colorblind and visually impaired users, as well as made changes to the way text is displayed to make it more convenient.
But many things will remain the same
Content. Resurrected includes Diablo II and the Lord of Destruction expansion pack. The same seven characters, the same campaigns, without any 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 the classic Diablo II graphics at any time. Resurrected works on the original code: all the logic of the game, sprites, the frequency of falling items, chances and percentages-all this is calculated by the old game and is still tied to the frequency of 25 frames/s. Essentially, the new three-dimensional engine works on top of the old two-dimensional framework, simply rendering the original differently. However, one of the creators of the old game David Brevik (David Brevik) pointed out on Twitter that you may have to make small changes to the work of AI and skills, because Diablo II was created for displays with an aspect ratio of 4:3.
The size of the inventory. Blizzard wanted to expand the 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 ruin the game. The reissue will retain some of the original tricks. For example, if the player knows exactly where to stand in a battle with a certain boss, so that he can not hit him, this will work in the remaster.
If desired, you can still create online games over TCP / IP. By default, the online game is now hosted on dedicated servers Battle.net, not locally, but players can host the server on their PC as well, making it available via Battle.net, or even go back to TCP/IP connections.
On the official website of the game, you can apply for participation in the alpha testing or pre-order Diablo II: Resurrected.