Diablo II Resurrected addresses chat, parties, TCP/IP support, and big honkin’ monitors

    
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With Diablo II Resurrected’s remaster release right around the corner and more or less expected to carry Blizzard through the rest of the year, the developers are aiming to get it right – and that means adjusting the way players play together. In the studio’s latest dev blog, it addresses both the difficulty of joining games as well as chat.

“Following our Beta, we’ve seen many console players requesting more options to better navigate activities in multiplayer. We’ve added Bosses and Zones tabs to the Party Finder, so players can better coordinate on that front, alongside the Pandemonium event, Uber Diablo event, and PvP/Dueling. Some console players have also requested the option to create custom lobbies. That is not a feature we’re supporting at launch, but as we progress, we’ll continue to monitor feedback on this topic after the launch of Diablo II: Resurrected. […] Lastly, we’ve seen a lot of discussion surrounding the Chat functionality on console. We designed the game to be the best experience on each platform you play, for console, the primary way for players to communicate is through native voice chat on their platform. So, we’re not making any changes on that front, but we’ll continue to monitor that feedback to see if it remains a prevalent area of concern for our players.”

TCP/IP support is also still off-limits as it opened security holes for the game. And there’s a bit of bad news if you have a big honkin’ 21:9 monitor: “To protect the integrity of everyone’s experience and promote an equal playing field for all, those with Ultrawide monitors will be able to have their game screen purview extended to 19:9 (the maximum length of the in-game limitation zones) with a vignette on the sides of the game screen.”

“For this remaster, two of our core principles are protecting the authenticity of the original Diablo II experience and making it more accessible in this modern age,” Blizzard reminds everyone. “Our goal is to honor this timeless classic while also opening it to a new generation of players.” Our own Not So Massively column delved into the game last week, finding that while it definitely honored the original, whether it appeals to a new generation of players is debatable.

Activision-Blizzard is considered a controversial company in the MMO and gaming space owing to a long string of scandals over the last few years, including the Blitzchung boycott, mass layoffs, labor disputes, and executive pay fiasco. Most recently, the company was sued by the state of California for fostering a work environment riddled with sexual harassment and discrimination, the disastrous corporate response to which has further compounded Blizzard’s ongoing pipeline issues and the widespread perception that its online games are in decline.
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Schmidt.Capela

TCP/IP support is also still off-limits as it opened security holes for the game.

The only “security hole” I can see in this is allowing pirate copies to play multiplayer together. Which should never be a reason to remove a feature that was already done and players actually desire.

That is, unless Blizzard’s programmers are incompetent enough they can’t even make peer-to-peer multiplayer work without glaring security holes, in which case it’s better to avoid any and everything the company sells for reasons that have nothing to do with all the scandals it got involved in.

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somber_bliss

Canceled my preorder after the scandal blew up. I’m not saying everyone should but at this point I’d only buy their products again if Bobby gets das boot but that won’t happen.

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SmiteDoctor

Bobby is a scumbag don’t get me wrong, how ever old school Blizz was largely self governed, and the Law Suit focuses on Blizzard not the Activision portion.

Might I suggest the Diablo 2 Mod for Grimdawn?

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Dug From The Earth

Or Last Epoch

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SmiteDoctor

Does Last Epoch have a Diablo 2 Mod?

Either way that game looks beautiful.

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l_lenotre

LE devs announced they would support mods for solo after launch. Nothing atm.

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Aaron Weddle

that doesn’t matter the higher ups at activision had to know whats going on its their company. They are just as much to blame as anyone else

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SmiteDoctor

Kotick isn’t listed in the Law Suit, your feelings don’t matter, facts do, the end.

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Bruno Brito

While Kotick isn’t listed in the lawsuit, he is absolutely a problem and he has a history of harassment after allowing his friends to harass a flight attendant and then firing her after she complained.

Yes, he’s not a main party on the Blizzard issue, but as long as he’s there, the issue won’t be solved.

It’s like asking Roger Ailes to demand O’Reilly to pipe the harassment down. The entire building was sexual harassment on a spread scale.

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SmiteDoctor

Then why wasn’t Activision included in the Law Suit? Didn’t this culture go back way before Blizzard ever merged with Activision?

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Bruno Brito

Not my point.