Players had their first chance to get their hands dirty with the long-awaited remaster of Diablo 2: Resurrected when the technical alpha was released last Thursday, April 8.
The full launch of Diablo 2: Resurrected is scheduled for the end of 2021. This alpha period will give selected players a taste of what is to come for their full launch.
In this alpha period, a select group of players will have the opportunity to play through acts one and two, with a choice between three classes: Bárbaro, Amazona and Feiticeira.
This initial alpha test period will run until today, April 12th, however, there are many other test periods in the future.
To sign up for alpha, you’ll need to access the game website and follow the instructions to activate the technical alpha. After that, all players can do is wait and see if they have been selected as more players are invited over time.
Diablo 2 has been considered by many players to be the best entry point into the series. This remastering will keep all the features of the game and the story identical to that of its initial release, but will feature a high quality graphic remastering to keep you updated.
How to register
If you want to be one of the first people to dive right into a world of nostalgia as soon as it becomes available, here's what you need to do:
- Go to diablo2.blizzard.com
- Once on the page, enter your date of birth.
- After entering your date of birth, you will be returned to the main page, where you can click on the “Participate in Technical Alpha” button;
- This will take you to a login page. Log in to Blizzard;
- Click on the “Participate in Technical Alpha” button again for the chance to become an alpha participant;
- A thank you message will appear after you sign up for the alpha test.
Diablo 2: Resurrected Release
The launch of Diablo 2: Resurrected will also include access to the Lord of Destruction game expansion pack, providing a lot of content for new players and returning players.
Those who completed the game previously, will also be happy to know that you can transfer your saved files to upload to the remaster and continue playing with your characters.
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Support for saved files
Longtime fans of the Diablo franchise, from Blizzard, will be happy to know that their original characters in Diablo 2 will not be forgotten with the launch of Diablo 2: Resurrected.
When talking to IGN Middle East, game producer Mathew Cederquist revealed that support for saving files from the game's original release reached the remastered title without the developers' intention.
"At the time we were working [on remastering], we were wondering if the old saved files would work and we kind of pushed and it worked," said Cederquist. "And we thought, 'ok, this is the best resource ever.'
This means that players have the option to initialize their saved files from the release of the original game, which could have been stored for more than 20 years.
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Alternatively, Diablo 2 will remain active for players to remain in the legacy Battle.net launcher, while the remastered will be activated in the current Battle.net client. This is a feature that is not commonly seen in remakes, even in the history of Blizzard's previous remastering with other franchises, such as Warcraft 3.
Diablo's next remaster will bring the game visually remastered to modern systems, while remaining identical in terms of gameplay and story features. The game will also be released on consoles for the first time.
Diablo 2: Resurrection will be released on an unannounced date in 2021, but fans will have a chance to have their first hands-on experience with the remastered version in either of the separate alphas, for one or several players before launch.
Check out the Diablo 2: Resurrected trailer on BlizzConlin 2021.
So, Diablo fan, eager to relive epic moments in this emblematic and epoch-making game? Tell us your experiences in the comments and run to register!