“Back when we were working on [the remaster], we wondered if the old save files would work and we kind of shoved it in and it worked! And we were like, ‘okay, that’s the best feature ever,'” Cederquist said. This means players will be able to pick up where they left off if they still have access to the files, with all of the audiovisual upgrades exclusive to the remaster in tow.The number of people who still have 20 year-old saves to hand is probably pretty slim, but it’s a lovely nod to how reverential the team is being about bringing the original game to modern machines. Resurrected is effectively playing the original game, with a layer of updated 3D clothing on top. As executive producer Rod Fergusson told us at BlizzCon, “it’s a remaster, not a remake. We wanted the game.”
Diablo 2: Resurrected will feature 4K graphics, 7.1 surround sound, upgraded 3D Models and remastered cutscenes when it launches later this year – but you’ll be able to switch back and forth between the original looks and the new ones with the press of a button. It will be available on a wide variety of platforms, including PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch.
Earlier this week, we learned that Diablo 2: Resurrected will offer a single-player and a multiplayer alpha. Players can sign up to the game’s technical program via Battle.net. The game was revealed during this year’s Blizzcon, which also offered announcements such as the Blizzard Arcade Collection and World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Classic.
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