Arguably the most interesting news to come outta BlizzConline earlier this year was confirmation that Diablo II is getting a fully remastered version dubbed Diablo II Resurrected. And soon, we’ll find out whether it’s awesome or just another Warcraft III Reforged disaster, as Blizzard just announced that the technical alpha is poised to begin. This a single-player alpha, do note; we don’t know when the multiplayer testing will occur.
“Our journey back to this iconic experience is about to begin. We are pleased to announce the Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha, the first of multiple tests. As diehard fans, we understand that many of you are itching to return to a game so fondly remembered. Still, we are also thrilled to welcome new players to experience this iconic classic, and we look forward to the feedback you all may share. We want to know if we’re upholding the authenticity of design with our new visuals and quality of life changes.”
The official blog post will be of use mostly to folks who’ve never really played the game, as it outlines three of the game’s seven classes playable in the alpha – along with their refreshed character models – and first two acts. It sounds as if your ticket in right now is pre-registration on the official site or social media tomfoolery; invites are going out on Friday. There’s no NDA – and no release date apart from “2021.”
— Diablo (@Diablo) April 6, 2021