Blizzard races to address Diablo II: Resurrected launch week woes

    
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It’s fair to say there’s been a whole lot more pressure on the launch of Diablo II: Resurrected than there would be during a normal year. With Blizzard rocked by scandals and plagued by a low game output in the last few years, the studio no doubt hopes that Resurrected will be a massive financial success – and a much-needed distraction from increasing scrutiny by the government.

While we don’t know the sales numbers for Diablo II: Resurrected just yet, it’s clear that the title is struggling with the typical launch week woes. Blizzard ran down a list of the biggest issues — which include losing character progress, character lockouts, multiplayer lobby issues, launch issues, and game uptime — while promising that the team is working hard on addressing them as soon as possible.

Once things settle out for this revamped edition of the classic action roleplaying game, Blizzard hinted that it might produce further content or features to support the community: “We definitely have lots of ideas, but right now we’re waiting to make sure that we get the core game right.”

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Jim Cedarbloom

The game is running very good now and if people were not playing the servers wouldn’t have been overloaded the reason I was excited was to be able to play on console with the new paint job I think it looks and feels awesome and still feels like the same game from 20 years ago good job!!

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Liam Liam

I can’t even get online with my PS 4 🤷🏻‍♂️

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Arktouros

Coming for air here to say other than Thursday when they had to bring the servers down for a restart I (or anyone else I know/playing with) haven’t seen/had any issues with characters or otherwise.

The only issue I’ve had is when you chain remake games you sometimes get a bug where the maps will be “discovered” (the overlay shows explored maps) but really they aren’t and you know your client is going to crash. So like when farming Countess if I’d see a map already discovered I’d just restart before I proceeded with my run and problem solved. A mild annoyance. Server performance wise there’s definitely some weird things going on with hit registration and mob movements but I think that’s always been there? That’s where I’d want the most improvements from over all if I did future runs.

Over all it’s been pretty fun and given me some additional appreciation for some of the changes games like Diablo 3 or Path of Exile has made over the years by compared to these ones.

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Mercy Forever

the real test for blizzard will be when they launch overwatch 2 and diablo 4 . diablo 2 is just a sidekick .whatever they make from it ,is just a bonus

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Leo

Is this a game that requires always online to play?

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l_lenotre

No Leo, there’s an offline mode just like the original.

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Leo

oh okay, was curious if they had changed that

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draven belmont

Single player offline mode is available however tcp/ip for lan play has been removed after they said it would be included

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Carlo Lacsina

As long as you allow the game to connect to the internet every 30 days, you can play the game without an internet connection

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Leo

well that’s at least good, guess the servers are stressed from those initial checks as well

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BupeSoup

No. When you create a character you can choose whether it’ll be an online or offline character.

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Danny Smith

Woah waoh woah woah woah.

You are telling me the consoomer, known for their staunch hindsight and sage wisdom for purchasing have prepurchased the latest release from Activision Blizzard, known for such recent quality outings as Shadowblands and Warcraft Refunded when not driving employees to suicide and they got burned?

Well shoot, ain’t this one for the books.

Who could have ever seen this happening?

How can blizzards reputation possibly recover? they said for the sixth time this fuckin’ week.

At this point it makes you wonder just how bad things have to get for the blind brand loyalty consumer to just wait like 48 hours before consuming product while getting excited for next product.

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Nathan Aldana

Honestly I dont think it can. These people have tied themselves up in the blizzard identity so much the only thing that can dissuade them would be Blizzard actually taking steps to be better.

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SmiteDoctor

Not me, I chose to wait until Wed next week.

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Jonathan Straka

“Warcraft 3 Refunded”. How original. You’re only the 800,000th person to make that joke in comment section this year. Congratulations.

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Narficus

We can’t take all the credit since Blizzard decided to make the game itself a joke.

Which game? Pick one. Pick any.

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Adam Babloyan

Why do our insults have to be original? Blizzard’s games aren’t.

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Mercy Forever

maybe learn that people have different tastes and can like things that you dont like ? it is not that difficult .

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Bruno Brito

They can? Where are we impeding them to like their crap?

If they like to eat Blizzard’s regurgitated excrements, who are we to impede them? We can talk about it. You talk like we have any power to stop them.

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gridley17

I don’t see where Mercy is saying (or implying) that people are impeding anyone else. From my perspective, it seems like you’re reading into a very easy to understand concept and somehow making an issue out of it; but if someone believing in the concept of “I’ll do me, you do you” is enough to start talking shit over, something tells me you have some serious personality malfunctions going on that no amount of talking through things would fix.

The irony is despite your insult about anyone having the audacity to buy/play a Blizzard product must be “eating Blizzard’s regurgitated excrements,” the only one I see here with shit coming out of their [virtual] mouth is you. I dunno if its a cultural thing or if you’re considered an asshole even where you live, but seriously maybe try lightening up a bit and pull the stick out of your ass.

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Narficus

maybe learn that people have different tastes and can dslike things that you like ? it is not that difficult .

That works, too.

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Narficus

Who actually likes Blizzard treating any of their IPs like crap?

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Narficus

More like launch weak, as with any Blizzard title lately.

Warcraft III: Reforgery was the big sign that the IPs are in bad hands.

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Stefan

Oh i see what you did there!

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Tee Parsley

Nostalgia running into the brick wall of today….

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kothoses

Blizzard are getting really good at promising things will be different this time…..

Quicker expansion cycles, better launches, Employees not killing them selves because of workplace harassment….

And then they act surprised when people dont believe them.

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Adam Babloyan

Surprised Pikachu Face.

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Stefan

Going to be childish and say that this is a just reward for pre-ordering another product after the Reforged disaster.

To be fair i am no expert but the call from management to force this old game on Bnet is most likely the root of all these server issues, that greed and stupidity that no amount of skill and dedication from a developer team can fix.

The game would have already had a hard time after the newness wore off, as the ARPG genre has gotten quite a lot of good games since Diablo 2, so an old ARPG in a new coat is really not going to keep players interested in my opinion.