‘Diablo 2: Resurrected’ developers say they have ideas for new content, but they’re focused on the core game for now
Blizzard Entertainment has been clear that “Diablo 2: Resurrected” will be a remastered version of the original game. While the developers are not making any promises about introducing all-new content, it seems like a possibility in the future if they get the core game right.
Remasters are usually straightforward in the sense that they often offer enhanced visuals only in most cases. While Blizzard has always categorized “Diablo 2: Resurrected” as a remaster, it seems there is a small chance for additional gameplay elements down the line.
When asked if working on “Diablo 2: Resurrected” has given the developers fresh ideas for the game, Studio Design Director Rob Gallerani and Project Lead Michael Bukowski said it did. “We definitely geeked out about those [kinds] of things,” the developers told Game Rant. “Lots of things that wouldn't fundamentally change anything but could just be plugged in.”
However, the developers clarified that they remained focused on building the remastered versions of the original games. “We definitely have lots of ideas, but right now we're making sure we get the core game right,” Gallerani and Bukowski added.
“Diablo 2: Resurrected” getting new content is not set in stone yet. The developer said they may be able to give more definite answers on the possibility of a new content release once the remaster is live.
Currently, the confirmed features of “Diablo 2: Resurrected” show it is not going to be a plain remaster of the original game and its 2001 expansion “Lord of Destruction.” It will introduce a new ladder system and a few tweaks to the user interface. Blizzard also confirmed that the Personal Stash has been expanded in the remastered game, along with a new Shared Stash.
Other significant aspects of the original gameplay are unchanged, though. “Diablo 2: Resurrected” will still launch with a total of seven character classes from the original base game and the expansion, namely Amazon, Assassin, Necromancer, Barbarian, Paladin, Sorceress, and Druid.
Also, unlike the original titles, “Diablo 2: Resurrected” will launch on PC and consoles, including PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch on Thursday, Sept. 23. In a recent blog post, Blizzard also confirmed the game will support cross-progression and cross-generational play on consoles.