IRVINE, California – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Diablo® II, one of the most iconic titles in PC gaming history, returns. . . And hell has never looked better Blizzard Entertainment today announced Diablo II: Resurrected ™, the definitive remastering of Diablo II and its Lord of Destruction® expansion – two outstanding entries in the company’s genre-defining action RPG series.

Diablo II was hailed by Time Magazine as “arguably the best RPG of all time, the best dungeon crawler of all time and the best PC game of all time”. * Diablo II: Resurrected means back veteran heroes and invites a new generation of gamers to experience the game’s sinister dark plot, thrilling prey hunt, and visceral hack-and-slash gameplay with updated graphics that use the latest game hardware.

Diablo II: Resurrected takes the 2D sprite-based classic and brings it to the present with fully physical 3D rendering, dynamic lighting, reworked animations and magic effects – all in a resolution of up to 4K. † Every 27 minutes of the game The classic cinematics that record the journey of the mysterious Dark Wanderer are made from the ground up – shot by shot. The nightmarish sounds of Sanctuary and its unforgettable soundtrack have also been revitalized to support Dolby 7.1 surround sound. Diablo II: Resurrected enhances the game’s audio and video capabilities, demonstrating the depth of gameplay and typical designs that have entertained players around the world to this day.

“Diablo II was a core game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world. With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to bring this classic back to PC and consoles – with cross-progression on supported platforms – so that players can relive their memories or experience the timeless gameplay of Diablo II for the first time can be their platform of choice, “said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “With the new high-resolution audio and video in Diablo II: Resurrected, the game is just as fun and exciting as it was twenty years ago.”

For those who prefer a more nostalgic experience, players can freely switch between the modern graphics and the original experience at any time with the push of a button. While Diablo II: Resurrected may look like a brand new game, Diablo II’s signature gameplay and systems are completely intact, quirky, and all that adds some much-coveted quality of life improvements like a shared hideout.

Diablo II: Resurrected features seven highly customizable character classes for players to choose from – Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress from the core game, and Assassin and Druid from the included Lord of Destruction expansion. Players can make each character their own by choosing skills and talents, crafting and using items, collecting complete sets of equipment, purchasing unique weapons and armor, putting together rune word combinations, and much more.

Diablo II: Resurrected is an all-inclusive package of lifelong adventures. It will take players into the deadly world of the Sanctuary, where they will face Diablo, Lord of Terror, and the forces of Hell in all four exciting acts of the original Diablo II campaign. You will meet beloved mentor and scholar Deckard Cain, battle the Archangel Tyrael, and encounter other pantheonic characters that have become an indelible part of game history. This edition also contains the entire contents of the “Lord of Destruction” expansion. The journey continues in Act V, where players brave the dangers of Mount Arreat before facing Baal, the Lord of Destruction of the same name.

Diablo II: Resurrected was developed by Blizzard Entertainment and in-house studio Vicarious Visions, and will be available later this year for Windows® PC, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch ™. With cross-progression ** between supported platforms, players can play as their characters – and keep all of their belongings – regardless of which supporting platform they’re playing on.

Brave souls can visit www.diablo2.com for more information and choose to participate in an upcoming PC Tech Alpha Test. Further details, including updates on prices and availability, can also be found on the official website.

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About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits like World of Warcraft®, Hearthstone®, Overwatch®, Warcraft®, StarCraft® and Diablo® as well as the multi-franchise heroes Heroes of the Storm®, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com). A division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) is a leading developer and publisher of entertainment software known for developing some of the most critically acclaimed games in the industry. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record spans 23 # 1 games and numerous Game of the Year awards. The company’s online gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world with millions of active players.

* https: //time.com/4458554/best-video-games-all-time/

† 4K resolution and 7.1 Dolby Surround require platforms and devices that support these functions.

** Cross-Progression requires a linked Battle.net account and a separate Diablo II: Resurrected license for each supporting platform.

†† Sales and / or downloads based on in-house records and reports from major distributors.

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