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September 22nd, 2021, 13:00
Troubled times for Blizzard, but the show must go on and Diablo 2: Resurrected is available for download. The remaster launches tomorrow (article and editorial note on Screenrant).

Players that preordered Diablo 2: Resurrected can now install the game and prepare to enter hell before its September 23 launch date.

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Diablo 2: Resurrected launches on Thursday, but those who pre-purchased the game on PC can install it now through Blizzard's Battle.net application. Diablo 2: Resurrected's arrival comes several months after the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase revealed its release date at E3 2021.

Diablo 2: Resurrected is the second remaster of Blizzard's early-2000's games to arrive after Warcraft III: Reforged. The project was strongly rumored prior to its official announcement this past February. Vicarious Visions, a subsidiary of Activision, designed the remaster of Diablo 2, dedicating a strict focus toward keeping the game as close to its original code as possible. The game contains user-interface overhauls, massive visual and audio improvements, and enhanced online and security systems that will support up to eight players. Although Diablo 2: Resurrected won't have ultrawide support - which was previously hinted in its alpha tests - developers are apparently looking into bringing such features down the line.

Diablo 2 has undergone a few visual improvements but remains as consistent with the original game as possible, giving it wide appeal to new audiences and veterans of the franchise alike. Unlike Warcraft III: Reforged - which disappointed fans of the original Warcraft III - the new Resurrected will reportedly not replace the original Diablo 2. In the event users want to return to the classic game that Vicarious Visions has recreated, they're free to do so. Resurrected is, however, expected to hold the franchise over until the release of Diablo 4.

The preload option is a great reminder for those who pre-purchased the game to brush up on their Diablo 2 class knowledge while they still can. Others might be more skeptical about pre-ordering game titles, instead looking to see how they're received before making any kind of decision. Either way, there are a little under two days to go until the gates of hell are opened on Battle.net.
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And a little trailer:

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I don't think Simu Liu is a selling point given recent controversy. Not that I feel sorry for Blizzard at all. Very interesting times for Blizzard indeed.
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Indeed, "On September 23rd, Hell arrives" but it seems it arrived sooner for them.
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True but in a few years no one will probably care. Just look at EA and Ubisoft for scandals over the last twenty years. The show goes on and consumers still buy your games.

As for me most of you know my feelings already about modern day Blizzard so I'll pass.
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I'm actually kinda looking forward to play this at launch in coop. It's not a game I'd play on my own, but I have very fond memories of running around in Diablo with my top-geared Assassin many years ago, and seems like a welcome short-term distraction to give it another go after the facelift.
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I'm waiting for a discount.
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Found this, if anyone is wondering when…



I've put the link to the actual article in the newsbit, too, forgot to include it yesterday.
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