Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access This Week - Open Beta Next Week
Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access Begins
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.
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.
“So it begins."
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.
“There is great evil here.”
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.
Q: How do I take part in the Early Access Beta?
A: Starting Friday August 13, Windows® PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4 players who pre-purchased DIABLO® II: RESURRECTED™ or Diablo® Prime Evil Collection will be able to play the Early Access Beta at 10:00 a.m. (PDT). On those supported platforms, players will be able to preload the game starting August 11.
PLEASE NOTE: On console platforms, the Early Access Beta will be available to download from within your owned game library.
Q: How do I take part in the Open Beta?
A: 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. On August 20 at 10:00 a.m. (PDT) Windows® PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4 players will be able to play the Diablo II: Resurrected Open Beta. This Open Beta is available to anyone in the public who wishes to participate on a supported platform.
Q: How long will the Beta last?
A: The Early Access weekend test will run until August 17 at 10:00 a.m. (PDT). The Open Beta weekend will run until August 23 at 10:00 a.m. (PDT). 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: Do I need Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation® Plus to participate in the Open Beta?
A: Xbox Live Gold is required to play during Early Access to the Open Beta and to access multiplayer features at launch on Xbox platforms. Xbox Live Gold is not required to play during the Open Beta (non-Early Access) on Xbox platforms. PlayStation® Plus is not required during Early Access or the Open Beta, but will be required to access multiplayer features at launch on PlayStation systems.
Q: If I’m unable to participate in the Early Access Beta, will I have a chance to participate in a future test?
A: The Diablo II: Resurrected Open Beta will be playable to all those who wish to participate when the second-weekend test (August 20) is open to the public.
Q: Are test participants permitted to capture, record, or stream the Diablo II: Resurrected Beta?
A: Yes, all players are allowed to capture, record, or stream the game throughout the Early Access Beta and the Open Beta.
Q: Why is the Beta not playable on Nintendo Switch ™?
A: We are working closely with our platform partners to ensure a successful launch of Diablo II: Resurrected on all platforms. While the Open Beta will not be available for the Nintendo Switch ™ system, the Heritage of Arreat transmog for Diablo III is intended to be available as a pre-order incentive to players on Nintendo Switch™ when Diablo II: Resurrected launches across all platforms on September 23 (subject to changes). Wishlist Diablo II: Resurrected on Nintendo Switch™ here to stay up to date.
Q: Why are there only five classes playable in Beta?
A: Diablo II: Resurrected will launch with seven playable classes. We are focusing our gameplay testing on five of those classes—the Amazon, Barbarian, Sorceress, Druid, and Paladin, who will be joined by the Assassin and Necromancer when the game officially launches.
Q: What Acts are playable in the Beta?
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 is my character still attacked while at a loading screen?
A: As mentioned in the Technical Alpha Learnings blog, 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. This fix is not in the build for the Early Access and Open Beta, but it will be in the game for launch. We didn’t want to delay the timing of the upcoming tests for this issue.
Q: Will my progression from the Beta carry over to the next test?
A: If you participate in the Early Access weekend, your progression from that test will carry over to the Open Beta, which kicks off on August 20.
PLEASE NOTE: Your progression from the Early Access or Open Beta will not carry over to the LIVE release.
Q: Will I be able to load my Diablo II Classic save files into the Early Access or Open Beta?
A: Players will not be able to import local offline saves from the original Diablo II to Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access and Open Beta because this test is online only.
At launch, players will be able to load their local offline saves by copying the save files from the original Diablo II to Diablo II: Resurrected. The underlying game engine is exactly the same, so those local saves will work but they will need to be copied over manually.
However, local save files (whether newly created or copied from Diablo II) will be different from online save files. There are profound differences between the modern Battle.net of today and what we launched with Diablo II all those years ago. To enjoy all of the modern online features, such as friend invites and greater security, players will need to create a new online character.
Q: Will the Beta have controller support?
A: The Open Beta will have controller support. However, this is still under development so any feedback will be valuable for us during this testing phase.
Q: What is the regional availability of the Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access and Open Beta tests?
A: Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access and Open Beta will be available in most regions outside of China.
Q: Will the Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access and Open Beta tests support locale languages?
A: All supported languages (English, French, Italian, German, European Spanish, Korean, Polish, Traditional Chinese, Mexican Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian) will be implemented in the tests.
PLEASE NOTE: Full language support is still a work-in-progress.
Q: Will TCP/IP support be available in the Early Access to Open Beta tests?
A: TCP/IP support will not be available in the upcoming Beta or the final game. After careful deliberation, we will no longer be supporting this option as we identified potential security risks and are committed to safeguarding the player experience.
Q: When will Diablo II: Resurrected be released?
A: Diablo II: Resurrected will launch on September 23, 2021.
Q: Will there be a physical edition of Diablo II: Resurrected?
A: Diablo II: Resurrected is a digital-only product.
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