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Blizzard Entertainment will soon be running the second public test for Diablo II: Resurrected. Those of you with a pre-order will be able to start exploring the remaster's first two acts on August 13, 2021, while everyone else will have to wait until August 20th. The beta will stay up through August 23rd, and allow you to play as five of the game's classes - the Druid, the Paladin, the Sorceress, the Barbarian, and the Amazon.
You'll find some additional details below, but first, here's the updated cinematic for the game's first act:
And here's one for the second:
The war against the Burning Hells is about to enter a new chapter on Windows® PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, and PlayStation®4. Starting August 13 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, longtime fans and new players alike will have a chance to participate in the upcoming Early Access test. Players can take part by pre-purchasing Diablo® II: Resurrected™ or the Diablo® Prime Evil Collection on Windows® PC or eligible consoles. Following the Early Access weekend, on August 20 at 10:00 a.m. PDT, the Open Beta weekend will be open to everyone on a supported platform. See FAQ for details on how to gain access by platform.
PLEASE NOTE: Diablo II: Resurrected is still in-development. Game content discussed in this blog is not final and subject to change.
The upcoming test weekends will feature two additional classes for players to experience—the ferocious, shapeshifting Druid and the righteous, hammer-slinging Paladin. They join the three iconic characters who were part of our previous alpha test—the Sorceress, the Barbarian, and the Amazon.
The Druids are a nomadic race who hail from the untamed lands of Scosglen. Rugged and beautiful, the home of the Druids is teeming with Werewolves and other abominations lurking within the encroaching wilderness. To survive and rule over these wilds, the Druids must forfeit their humanity to awaken the beast within.
Originally from the lands of the west, the Knights of the Faith, also known as Paladins, are holy warriors spread across the realms of Sanctuary. These soldiers of faith use holy magic in the war against the dark agents of Hell, wandering across the realm spreading their virtues or purging heresy. These battle-ready devotees of the light are a necessary bulwark against the forces of darkness.
MULTIPLAYER & MISC DETAILS
Both test weekends will have multiplayer enabled, alongside cross-progression* on Windows® PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4. Up to eight players can play together in one game. 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.
Lastly, like the Technical Alpha, both Act I: The Sightless Eye and Act II: The Secret of the Vizjerei will be fully playable. The fully remade Act I & II cinematics will also be viewable in the Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access and Open Beta tests.
*PLEASE NOTE: For the Early Access Beta, players will need to have separately pre-ordered Diablo II: Resurrected or Diablo Prime Evil Collection on each platform that they wish to play on.
All players who pre-purchased Diablo II: Resurrected (and currently own Diablo III) will be able to immediately unlock the Heritage of Arreat—a Diablo II-themed Barbarian transmog set that Diablo III Barbarians can wear for that classic blue warpaint look. Anyone who pre-purchased the Diablo Prime Evil Collection can also earn their Mephisto pet and equip the menacing Hatred’s Grasp wing set in Diablo III. For more details, click here.