It’s time to go back to hell. It’s been a long, long time since Diablo 2, but for many it’s still the high watermark of the series, steeped in grim, gothic visuals that compliment the traditional click and kill isometric action that has put people on a loot treadmill for decades. This weekend is the technical alpha for Diablo 2: Resurrected, and fans are champing at the bit.
The technical alpha is this weekend, and many players seem to have already gotten invites: Forbes’ Paul Tassi with have his impressions tomorrow. But if you’re still interested, it can’t hurt to sign up at Blizzard’s website, where you’ll need a Battle.net account to express interest. But note that this is neither a beta nor even an open alpha: only what seems like a relatively small number of players are being invited, and Blizzard is being clear that the game is most definitely in an early state, and that things are bound to go wrong.
According to Blizzard, the alpha will feature the Amazon, the Barbarian and the Sorceress, which players can use to slice through Acts 1 and 2, which is actually a pretty substantial chunk of the game. Act 2 was always my favorite back in the day, so I’m excited to see how that plays out.
Some are understandably wary about the attempt to resurrect a beloved Blizzard game, given the disaster that was Warcraft 3: Reforged. But eveything we’ve seen so far has been very positive, and the developers have described being as faithful as possible to the original version of the game, even standard modern conveniences like waypoints got canned, because they changed the way the game felt. What we’re talking about here is a remaster, not a remake, with the original game totally intact. Even the upgraded visuals are much more in line with the general style of the game, which can be a difficult line to walk when you’re talking about improving pixelated graphics that lack a lot of the detail we expect from modern games.
So we’ll see how it goes, but I’m excited about this one. Check back soon for impressions.
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