Technical Alpha, Alpha and Beta Details for Diablo 2 Resurrected. The Diablo 2 Remaster will undergo several rounds of private, closed and public testing before its release in 2021. These tests are divided into "Technical Alpha" (single player), Alpha and Beta tests, leading to official Launch. Below is all you need to know about the  Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha.

 

Diablo 2 Alpha and Beta Details

 

Diablo 2 Resurrected: Open Beta Guide

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Diablo 2 Resurrected: Alpha Impressions

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Beta

Early Access Open Beta Details

The first of the two betas will take place starting at 10 AM Pacific Time on Friday (August 13, 2021). The early access to open beta will run from August 13-17, 2021, 10 AM Pacific Time which is available for PC,  PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S. Early Access is available to those who took part by pre-purchasing Diablo® II: Resurrected™ or the Diablo® Prime Evil Collection on Windows® PC or eligible consoles, or by acquiring them through Twitch Drops by watching their streamers who have Twitch Drops enabled - on those supported platforms, players will be able to preload the game starting August 11.

NOTE: On console platforms, the Early Access Beta will be available to download from within your owned game library. You will need internet access in order to play either of these betas as they are online multiplayer tests only that means that at the launch of the game you'll still be able to play offline like you could with the original version of the game or online but for these tests specifically, you will need a persistent internet connection. We will be streaming Diablo 2: Resurrected, so be sure to follow and catch us on Twitch.

Diablo 2: Resurrected Twitch Drops

The first thing you should do before tuning in to a stream is to make sure that your Battle.net account is properly linked to your Twitch account. Once the Early Access to the Open Beta begins on Friday, August 13 at 10 AM Pacific Time, viewers on Twitch are required to watch any Diablo 2: Resurrected Stream for 2.5 hours to get access to the beta for PC. Time-based Drops (available in qualifying regions) will be unlocked by watching streamers in the Diablo II: Resurrected category. Please take note that the beta access reward from drops is available for 24 hours only, so make sure to tune in no later than 9:30 AM Pacific Time.

How Do I Redeem Drops?

  • Connect your Twitch Account to your Battle.net Account.
  • Watch "Drop Enabled" Streams of Diablo II: Resurrected on Twitch for 2.5 Hours, anytime, between August 13th at 10 PM Pacific Time and August 14th at 12 PM Pacific Time.
  • Claim the drop on your twitch drops homepage.
  • Enter Battle.net to claim your early access, on Windows PC only.

Open Beta Details

Open Beta which will be available to the public begins from August 20-23, 2021, which follows the previous week of the Early Access to the Beta held on August 13-17, 2021. Starting Wednesday, August 18, Windows® PC players will be able to pre-load the Open Beta via their Battle.net client. On Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, and PlayStation®4 players will be able to pre-load the Beta from August 17 after the Early Access Beta ends from the store page(s) across the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store.

How Long will the Beta Last

  • Early Access weekend will run from August 13, 2021, 10 AM Pacific Time until August 17, 2021, 10 AM Pacific Time.
  • Open Beta that is available to the public will run from August 20, 2021, 10 AM Pacific Time until August 23, 2021, 10 AM Pacific Time.

Multiplayer Details

Both Open Beta weekends will have multiplayer enabled, alongside cross-progression on Windows® PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, and PlayStation®4. Players can create a party of up to eight players who can all play together in one session. Besides complementary skills that help each other in battle, experience, monster hit points, and the quantity of items dropped scale upwards as more players join the session. Additionally, players can choose to duel each other or even claim a rival’s ear in PvP combat.

Playing the Beta on PC

To further clarify, if you are playing the Early Access Beta or the Open Beta that starts on August 20-23, 2021. You will need to have your own Battle.net account and you can download the game via the Battle.net client via Blizzard.

Playing the Beta on Xbox or Playstation

  • If you are playing the Beta on Xbox, players are required to have Xbox Live Gold to play during Early Access to the Open Beta and to utilize the multiplayer features. Xbox Live Gold is not required to play during the Open Beta for the public.
  • On the other hand, if you are playing the Beta on the Playstation, PS+ is not required during Early Access or the Open Beta, however, it is required to utilize the multiplayer feature of the game.

Is the Beta Available on Switch?

Unfortunately, the Beta is not playable on the Nintendo Switch although the game will be available on the Nintendo Switch at launch.

Will my Early Access Progress Carry Over to the Next Beta?

If you are playing the Beta during the Early Access period and would like to participate in the Open Beta for the public, then yes, your progress will carry over. HOWEVER, take note that all Beta progress or saves will not carry over to the LIVE release.

Will my Offline Save Files Work?

Offline save files although they will work at the launch of the game from the original Diablo 2, meaning that you can take your old save files and sort of manually copy them over and use them for Diablo 2 resurrected at launch will not work during either of these beta tests because they are multi-player online-only tests so you won't be able to use those save files for these beta tests, but you will be able to use those at the launch of the game. And also note that the progress made during beta either of these betas will not carry over to live launch, meaning if you get a bunch of characters up to 30 or whatever during these betas you're not going to have those available to you at launch.

Is there Cross-Progression?

Yes, there is, provided that you have pre-ordered or you have access to the Beta across all platforms that you own.

 

Early Access Open Beta Content

What are the PC requirements?

Minimum Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel® Core i3-3250/AMD FX-4350
  • Video: Nvidia GTX 660/AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 30 GB
  • Internet: Broadband Internet connection
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720

Recommended Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel® Core i5-9600k/AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Video: Nvidia GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Storage: 30 GB
  • Internet: Broadband Internet connection
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080

What Acts are Available in Beta?

Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with the full narrative experience of the game, alongside the narrative content of the expansion, Lord of Destruction. For this test, the developers wanted to hone in on early gameplay in the settings of Acts I & II.

What are the Available Classes in Beta?

Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with seven playable classes. The developers focused on gameplay testing on five of the following classes—the Amazon, Barbarian, Sorceress, Druid, and Paladin, who will be joined by the Assassin and Necromancer when the game officially launches.

 

 

Everything You Need to Know About the Alpha

Technical Alpha for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Single-player Technical Alpha, the first of multiple tests. As diehard fans, we understand that many of you are itching to return to a game so fondly remembered. Still, we are also thrilled to welcome new players to experience this iconic classic, and we look forward to the feedback you all may share. We want to know if we’re upholding the authenticity of design with our new visuals and quality of life changes.

Following the April test, the Diablo II: Resurrected team continues to make significant progress, and these are the changes announced by Blizzard at July 13.

Art and Visuals: 

  • Lightning: The Lightning VFX has been enhanced with a whiter and thicker visualization that is more reminiscent to the original VFX.
  • Blizzard: The Sorceress may summon an ice storm to rain cold death onto her enemies. Like Lightning, the VFX for this spell has also been adjusted to better capture the destructive force of the original.
  • Holy Freeze: The VFX for this AoE aura has been updated to better represent the distinct wispiness and colors from the original game.
  • Monster Targets: The VFX for when monsters are damaged or immobilized by spells (i.e., cold spells), poisons, or other status effects underwent a color revision based on community feedback.
Animation Updates
  • Mana & Health: The speed of the animation when mana and health return to your character now better aligns with the filling of the health and mana globes.
Icon Updates
  • Item Colors: The color of scroll, gem, and potion icons has been amplified to bring out the more brilliant colors, bring more attention to the focus point(s), and add clarity to the image. Weapons, armor, quest items, and charm icons have also been given the same touch-ups and treatments
Accessibility
  • From auto-gold pick up, large font modes, UI scaling (for PC players), and gamma/contrast settings to enhance readability, Blizzard  have made specific changes to equip players with customization options to suit their needs. With these options, players may tweak the visibility of their HUD and graphics, finding the ideal balance between beautiful and gritty, or whatever their preference may be.
Items Names: Toggle Update
  • Now you can choose to have item names be toggled on or off with a press of a button—or keep the original "press and hold" method. Players can change this option at the User Interface settings by selecting toggle item names on or off.
Shared Stash: Tab and Storage Updates
  • Now the Shared Stash will have three tabs, rather than just one. his change will enable players to better organize their loot across three tabs (100 slots each) of storage space and store many more items.
Compare Tooltip: Toggle Update
  • The Compare tooltip that propagated on every item (Hold “button” to Compare) can now be toggled on or off in the User Interface settings under Show Item Tooltip Hotkeys.
Automap Improvement
  • The readability of the Automap was improved. The faint overlay(s) color has been tweaked, so they don’t blend too much into the game world the player is exploring.
Map Settings option Update
  • Now there will be a single Map option with three settings. Those settings will be left-minimap, right-minimap, and center-fullscreen. Simply enable your preference for how you want your map displayed on your HUD.
Clock Added
  • A clock has been added to Diablo II: Resurrected. To enable the clock, go to your User Interface settings and click the checkbox next to Clock.
Loading Screen Changes
  • Characters will no longer spawn in a hostile place until the game is fully loaded, preventing characters from getting attacked or harmed during a loading screen. Additionally, the overall load times will be faster.

 

 

What Content is Included in the Alpha for Diablo 2 Remastered?

  • Acts I and II are included
  • Players can play single player only
  • 3 classes are playable: Amazon, Barbarian and Sorceress.
  • An Online connection is necessary to play the Alpha, as it is online only
  • The Alpha Progress does not carry to full game

 

What are the PC Specs for Diablo 2 Remastered

Minimum PC Specs for Alpha

  • Operating System: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel® Core i3-3250/AMD FX-4350
  • Video: Nvidia GTX 660/AMD Radeon HD 7850
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 30 GB
  • Internet: Broadband Internet connection* (ALPHA ONLY)
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720

Recommended PC Specs for Alpha

  • Operating System: Windows® 10
  • Processor: Intel® Core i5-9600k/AMD Ryzen 5 2600
  • Video: Nvidia GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Storage: 30 GB
  • Internet: Broadband Internet connection* (ALPHA ONLY)
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080

 



Diablo 2 Remastered Alpha FAQ

Q: How do I take part in the Technical Alpha?

A: Starting this Friday, a limited amount of PC players who have pre-registered on the Diablo II: Resurrected website will be able to download the Technical Alpha. Invitations to the Technical Alpha will be distributed throughout the day in waves starting at 7:00 AM (PT).

Q: If I’m unable to participate in this Technical Alpha, will I have a chance to participate in a future test?

A: The Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha is only the first test. There will be at least one other chance to participate in a future test.

Q: Are test participants permitted to capture, record, or stream the Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha?

A: Yes, all players are allowed to capture, record, or stream the game throughout the test.

Q: How long will the Technical Alpha last?

A: The Technical Alpha will run until 10:00 AM (PT) on Monday, April 12th. This will allow us to get the right amount of gameplay feedback and client performance data. Reference this Time Zone Converter to identify when the test will end in your region.

Q: Why are there only three classes playable in the Technical Alpha?

A: Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with seven playable classes—the Amazon, Barbarian, Sorceress, as well as the Assassin, Necromancer, Druid and Paladin. Currently, we are focusing our gameplay testing on these three classes. We will be including other classes in the upcoming testing phase.

Q: Why is the Technical Alpha only single-player?

A: Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with multiplayer, however, for the scope of this test we will be focusing on early game systems, the three playable classes, and client performance data. We will be including multi-player in an upcoming playable testing phase.

PLEASE NOTE: Although the Technical Alpha is single-player, an internet connection is still required to download the client and play the single-player in the test. The final game will permit off-line play in single-player mode, but you will be required to connect to the internet periodically to check for updates.

Q: Why are Acts 1 & II only playable in the Technical Alpha?

A: Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with the full narrative experience of the game, alongside the narrative content of the expansion, Lord of Destruction. For this test, we really want to hone in on early gameplay in the settings of Acts I & II.

Q: Why are the old in-game cinematics in the Technical Alpha? Isn’t Diablo II: Resurrected getting updated cinematics?

A: The old in-game cinematics are placeholder in the Technical Alpha as the updated cinematics are still undergoing development.

Q: Why is the Technical Alpha PC-only? Will console players be able to test Diablo II: Resurrected?

A: Diablo II: Resurrected will be launching on Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. We will be including console players in our future play test phase.

Q: Will my progression from the Technical Alpha carry over to the next test or launch of the game?

A: No, all progression garnered from the Technical Alpha will be nontransferable to later tests or the launch of the game.

Q: Will I be able to load my Diablo II save file into the Technical Alpha?

A: No, save files will not be able to be imported into the Technical Alpha.

Q: Will the Technical Alpha have controller support?

A: The Technical Alpha will have controller support. However, this is still under development so any feedback will be valuable for us during this testing phase.

PLEASE NOTE: The controller support on PC does not fully represent the controller support experience on console. Controller support on console will have unique user interfaces, button layouts, and different option defaults to streamline the native controller interface.

Q: When will Diablo II: Resurrected be released?

A: We do not have a release to share at this time, but it will be coming in 2021.

 

Closed & Open Beta

Starting Friday, August 13, Diablo 2: Resurrected will hold a closed beta for players who pre-ordered the game. An open Beta will kick off Friday, August 20.

These beta tests will be playable on Pc and all consoles, except for the Nintendo Switch. It is important to note that Xbox Live Gold is required for the pre-order Beta, but it is not required for the open beta on August 20. On the Playstation front, Playstation Plus is not required for either of the Beta tests.

Closed Beta

From Friday, August 13 at 10:00 AM PDT to Tuesday, August 17 at 10:00 AM PDT, anybody who has pre-ordered Diablo 2: Resurrected will be able to take part in the Early Access Beta. Players can start preloading the beta beginning August 11.0

Open Beta

From Friday, August 20 at 10:00 AM PDT to Monday, August 23 at 10:00 AM PDT, the open Beta begins without any pre-order required in order to access it. Preloads for this Open Beta will begin for console players on Tuesday, August 17 and for PC players on Wednesday, August 18.

Following the same style as the previous tests, only Act I and Act II will be playable. The previously available Classes (Barbarian, Amazon and Sorceress), will be joined by two newcomers for this test, the Paladin and the Druid.

Note that the progress will carry over between the two betas, but progress made from the one held earlier this year won't be available. It is yet to be determined if beta progress will carry over to the main game, when it finally releases on September 23.

 




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