This year’s BlizzCon Online event revealed a bunch of exciting game announcements. Perhaps one of the biggest games to have been announced as early as the event’s opening ceremony was arguably Diablo 2 Resurrected. Over 20 years have passed, but thanks to this upcoming title, fans both new and old will be able to experience a new and improved version of the classic ARPG.
Many are undoubtedly excited to dive back into Diablo 2’s world, but fans have been wary about how Blizzard will decide to monetize the game. Understandably so, given how in-game purchases and other forms of monetization have been so prevalent recently. Fortunately, the company has recently confirmed that fans won’t have to worry about this, as Diablo 2 Resurrected won’t contain microtransactions.
The developers of Diablo 2 Resurrected, Matthew Cederquist and Robert Gallerini, confirmed during a group interview that the upcoming remake won’t even have an in-game shop. The developers kept emphasizing throughout the interview that they want to recreate the same experience that the original game offered to its fans, and that includes its mechanics. Seeing as the original Diablo 2 game didn’t feature microtransactions and the like, the same will be applied to Resurrected.
When Diablo 3’s Auction House was first introduced, it became an incredibly controversial change. Plus, Diablo Immortal has questionable monetization methods that fans are still trying to wrap their heads around.
As such, it’s quite understandable why fans of the Diablo franchise were worried that Diablo 2 Resurrected would offer cosmetic items or DLC that they would have to pay for in order to unlock. Hopefully, this good news will serve as a reassurance and a breath of fresh air.
From what has been revealed so far, the Diablo 2 remaster will be priced at $39.99 upon launch. Plus, it’s expected to release some time this year. This seems like a pretty good deal already, especially since the game will also include Lord of Destruction, the DLC expansion of Diablo 2.
Even though Diablo 2 Resurrected was leaked a couple of weeks ago, so the official announcement didn’t come as a surprise, it’s still a generally exciting upcoming game that many fans have been asking and waiting for. Now, it seems that this year will finally be their year.
Blizzard hasn’t revealed a specific release date just yet, so excited fans will have to keep their eyes peeled for that. However, according to the development team, they’re planning to release “single-player focused” technical alphas, and the first one from a series of many is supposedly “coming soon.”
But again, this doesn’t have a specific release date or release window yet either. Besides that, Blizzard hasn’t shared what the scope of these alpha tests will be. All we can do, though, is hope that these tests will be released soon so that fans will have a taste of what Diablo 2 Resurrected has to offer.
Since Blizzard is aiming for authenticity—wanting to replicate the original game as much as possible—old Diablo fans will be thrilled to return to a game they love so much. Plus, new players will be sucked into Diablo 2’s world for the first time, but with significantly improved graphics and visuals.