Blizzard pins Diablo II Resurrected’s server issues partly on 2001 netcode from the classic game

    
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While Diablo and brothers never really had much trouble returning to Sanctuary over and over again, the heroes who seek to slay them (over and over) certainly have! As we reported earlier this week, the Diablo II Resurrected servers have been struggling since the game launched late last month. And with rollback, lag, and constant disconnections plaguing the servers as recently as this past weekend, players were beginning to wonder what in Baal’s balls is going on over there with the Diablo II servers.

A blue post on the official Diablo II Resurrected forums last night finally reveals the issues. According to Blizzard, netcode written from 2001 and modern player habits do not mix wellOne example? Hundreds of thousands of players were creating games to one-shot a single boss mob (like the well known Pindleskin), ending the game, and then creating another game to do the same thing over and over and over again. This knocked down the servers faster than Diablo could say “not even death can save you from me.”

“Our server outages have not been caused by a singular issue; we are solving each problem as they arise, with both mitigating solves and longer-term architectural changes,” Blizzard writes. “A small number of players have experienced character progression loss–moving forward, any loss due to a server crash should be limited to several minutes. This is not a complete solve to us, and we are continuing to work on this issue. Our team, with the help of others at Blizzard, are working to bring the game experience to a place that feels good for everyone.”

There’s a silver lining in the explanation for the outages, at least: As of Tuesday, the game hit a concurrent player high.

Moving forward, the folks at Blizzard promises to improve and optimize on the server structure by addressing small projects that can be completed in a day to larger projects such as adding “a GameList service that is only responsible for providing the game list to players.”

It might not be a bad idea to just play singleplayer for a while, especially since the ladder hasn’t even started yet.

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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Phubarrh

Remember when the original game’s network architecture was so innovative that various coders split away from Blizzard to create games like Guild Wars and Torchlight?

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Nathan Aldana

theres a certainj delicious irony that the grognards wanted the game with absolutely no changes and so they get to reap what they asked for

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Arktouros

Like I posted elsewhere all this downtime has largely just made me lose what little interest I had in the game. While I had done almost everything I wanted I still wanted to see Uber bosses or whatever and was prepping up to farm keys and such while my Euro friend worked on his boss killer gear. Also the couch cows (Xbox shared account) on a necromancer was super chill. But if it all doesn’t work then doesn’t really matter.

New POE league looks alright, might just transition back towards that next Friday instead. Just wish my POE account could have my characters and I could play them on my Xbox as well PC. That was super nice with D2R.

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BalsBigBrother

You would know better than me but the sad thing is, server issues aside, is it appears to be a really solid remaster.

Kept all the playability D2 always had, added some small QoL features and vastly improved how it looks without losing the feel of the original.

It just released at a time when Blizzard shit the bed and anything that goes wrong (servers) is just going to add to that stink for a lot of folks.

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Arktouros

It really is a solid remaster of the game over all. If you play single player basically all the issues they’re having evaporate instantly and it’s just a really solid, fun redo of a classic with no issues at all.

What I’ve found very impressive is the console version which is arguably an upgrade of the game. It gives you an ability bar of about 6 abilities you can set and then a whole alternative bar as well for a total of 12 abilities on button press. So instead of the old school clunky press a hotkey, change abilities, then use LMB/RMB to use an ability you can just bind an ability to “B” button or “X” button etc and it all just works really well especially with movement tied to a thumbstick.

Considering they’re hitting new concurrency caps I think things are going pretty good for them regardless of the issues, I just have so many factors pulling on me for attention and the main issue is I play with a friend of mine in Europe which is when the servers are primarily going down right now it makes the whole thing kinda easy to drop.

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Boe_Jlobers

Yep, the controller play is 100% extremely incredible on the PC too. Being able to swap back from KB/M to controller (albeit with like a little 2 second hitch as UI swaps over) is awesome, use the KB\M for inventory tetris and the controller to save some RSI on the old pointer finger.

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Dug From The Earth

believable cause for the problem

It just sucks that they dont have the money or resources to throw at it to fix it in a timely manner, being a small indie company and all.

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Seth

A 20 something year old game experiencing 20 something year old gaming problems.

GASP

Guess blame partially falls to those who threatened the developers’ lives if they changed even a single line of code from the original.

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BalsBigBrother

This has been doing the rounds on Twitter and I found it amusing.

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