Diablo II Resurrected has officially launched with yet another live-action trailer

    
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Diablo II: Resurrected is officially live as of now as the remastered version of the original 2000 roguelike from Blizzard North. Resurrected, of course, was helmed largely by Activision’s Vicarious Visions, which was brought under the Blizzard Entertainment banner earlier this year. Blizzard is now helmed in part by Jen Oneal, who formerly ran Vicarious Visions itself, thanks to the toppling of J. Allen Brack following the massive lawsuit and scandal this summer that continues to shadow the company’s releases, including this one.

As we’ve previously noted, the game is launching today at 11 a.m. EDT – just as this article goes live – on PC (Battle.net), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, and the Nintendo Switch, with a $39.99 pricetag. The release includes content and classes from Diablo II and the 2001 Lord of Destruction expansion, plus a long line of quality-of-life enhancements.

“Designed to take full advantage of today’s modern gaming hardware, Diablo II: Resurrected supports up to 4K resolution displays. It also includes fully remastered 7.1 Dolby Surround audio so players won’t miss a single bloodcurdling scream. All 27 minutes of the original game’s cinematics are also re-shot with stunning high-fidelity visuals. While considerable work went into bringing Diablo II into the modern era, preserving the authenticity of the experience was paramount—the original game engine is still running ‘under the hood,’ performing the same calculations and game logic as it did back in the year 2000.”

Naturally, Blizzard’s keeping the live-action trailers coming; the latest features Black Panther’s Winston Duke.

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. In the summer of 2021, 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. As of fall 2021, multiple state and federal agencies are currently investigating the company.
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Yeah, happy launch day.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Shouldn’t there be disclaimers on the trailers? You know, like “No women was sexually harassed during the making of this trailer.” Until that is a surety, and Kotick is kicked to the curb, Blizzard ain’t getting any of my money.

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SmiteDoctor

What if it were a Children’s Hospital run by ActiBlizz though?

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mars omg

I would pay money to see a Diablo Movie in the Theater :)

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Boe_Jlobers

Online games starting working for me a few minutes ago

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Vanquesse V

A missed opportunity to not have the default error message be 37. Something about honoring the franchise legacy

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Bryan Correll

Hmmmmm……..MCU and Diablo crossover? Mephisto confirmed as villain for Doctor Strange 2!

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Carlo Lacsina

David Brevik and the team were actually inspired by Marvel comics when they were working on the lore and stuff!

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Arktouros

Well Twitch is up to almost half a million viewers and the servers are starting to buckle from all the people logging in and playing the game. Seems pretty good and popular all things said and hoping things have calmed down/been resolved later when I can play.

Then there’s everyone patting themselves on the back for not supporting such a company. Seems like they’re going to do just fine without you.

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soup4000

*checks activation blizzard roadmap to redemption*

yeah, not there yet

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kelathos .

Much as I love what I am seeing, this is Blizzard. After what happened with War3, I will be waiting for reviews before I spend a penny.

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Arktouros

Reviews are pretty good so far. It isn’t a half finished cash grab job like War3 was.

I’d still wait because there’s so many people playing that it’s causing server issues creating games and otherwise. Probably fixed in a few days when the fervor calms down.

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Schmidt.Capela

I’ll wait to see how the modding scene shapes up before I even evaluate if I want to buy it despite Blizzard’s actions.

Why? Because what allowed me to like Diablo 2 was originally character editors, and later the mods. I can’t stand the idea of being locked to my build choices, so unless I can use cheats or mods to change my build a few times per day, then the game simply isn’t for me.

(Incidentally, I haven’t played D2 online even once. Everyone I wanted to play with either was already in my home lan or was fine bringing their PC for a lan party, and even back then I already had spare lan gear and technical knowledge to make it all work.)

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Arktouros

“I won’t buy this game until it supports modding and offline modes working with multiplayer while also doubling as tax software that I can remotely access and automatically import all my taxes from the last 10 years from an IRS backup server.”

You are like always so ridiculous with your requirements I have no idea why you bother stating them. I can tell you as a software developer (non-gaming) I absolutely wouldn’t chase after you as a customer. Like you’ve played yourself. You’ve created a scenario where chasing after you as a customer is not worth the money you’d bring in (or in the case of things like enabling cheating, worth the customers you’d end up costing the company).

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Ken from Chicago

Schmidt’s a player. Even if we don’t agree with this opinion, others might. He’s expressing his opinions so game studios–and game reporters–will have a fuller understanding of the playerbase. If sales peak, this can help reporters understand why that might have happened and help studios decide what steps to take to increase sales–of if it’s too great a cost and be content with the sales they’ve achieved.

Better to have information you don’t need than to need information you don’t have. 👍

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SmiteDoctor

2 different games, two different companies, the knowledge is out there all you had to do was http://www.google.com to know now as opposed to wait lol.