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Thanks to being leaked by the Microsoft Store earlier in the week, we already had a pretty good idea that the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta was set to begin in August. Now that it has been confirmed by Blizzard to start August 13, we know that the information in the leak was partially correct. In addition, it’s been announced that the beta will run over two consecutive weekends – the second being August 20.
Access to the D2R beta will be limited to those that pre-order the remastered title, which is due to launch on PC, Xbox Series X/S, Playstation 5, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on September 23. In addition, those that pre-order the Diablo Prime Evil Collection (which includes Diablo 2 Remastered, Diablo 3, and its addons) will also gain access to the beta. Sadly, there’s no beta for Switch players.
Announced back in February at BlizzConline, players enjoyed a Diablo 2 Resurrected technical alpha in April this year. That release didn’t feature the full range of remastered graphics, all five acts, nor the cross-platform progression planned for the final game. However, the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta should be pretty close to the final release, with updated cinematics, 4K UHD textures, and a redesigned UI that allows you to switch between legacy and remastered versions at the press of a button.
You can find out more about Diablo 2 Resurrected and arrange your pre-order via the official site. Personally, we’re more excited for the Diablo Immortal mobile game. Or rather, the fallout from when Diablo Immortal is eventually released later this year. We’re not sure Diablo fans have quite forgiven Blizzard for that one, although if Diablo 2 Resurrected ends up doing well Diablo Immortal might be given a fair crack of the whip. Perhaps that was why Diablo 2 was resurrected all along.