Blizzard Entertainment has revealed that Diablo II: Resurrected is coming to Nintendo Switch with support for cross-progression.
Welcoming back veteran heroes while inviting a new generation of players to experience the game’s “sinfully dark storyline, thrilling loot chase, and visceral hack-and-slash gameplay with modernised visuals that take advantage of the latest gaming hardware.”
With help from Vicarious Visions, Diablo II and its Lord of Destruction expansion have been remastered from their classic 2D sprite-based design and now have full 3D physically-based rendering, dynamic lighting, revamped animations and spell effects. Whereas all 27 minutes of the game’s cinematics are being remade shot-for-shot from the ground up.
Those looking for a more nostalgic experience can freely switch between the modern graphics and the original experience with the press of a button, but while the game may look different it is promised that the “signature gameplay and systems are completely intact, quirks and all, adding a few highly requested quality of life improvements, such as a shared stash.”
You will be able to choose from seven character classes – the Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress from the core game, as well as the Assassin and Druid from the included Lord of Destruction expansion – making each character your own by selecting skills and talent builds, crafting and socketing items, collecting complete gear sets, acquiring unique arms and armour, assembling Rune Word combinations and more.
“Diablo II was a pivotal game for Blizzard and millions of players around the world. With Diablo II: Resurrected, we’re excited to bring this classic back to PC and also to consoles – with cross-progression on supported platforms – so that players can relive their memories, or experience Diablo II’s timeless gameplay for the first time, on their platform of choice,” explains Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack. “With the new high-resolution audio and video in Diablo II: Resurrected, the game is as fun and engrossing today as it was twenty years ago.”
Diablo II: Resurrected will release at retail and on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch worldwide later this year.