Over the weekend, the Microsoft Store has seemingly leaked the date when the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta will be available. Today, Blizzard Entertainment has announced the Diablo 2 Resurrected open beta and early access dates, schedule and more!
Diablo 2 Resurrected Beta Schedule:
Early Access Beta Schedule: August 13-16 at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT/1AM HKT
Open Beta Schedule: August 20-22 at 10AM PDT/1PM EDT/1AM HKT
There are two new classes that will be available in the beta, and they are Druid, and Paladin!
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.
Both Diablo 2 Resurrected will have multiplayer enabled, alongside cross-progression on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Up to eight players can play together in one game. Per Blizzard, “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.”
Also, both Act 1: The Sightless Eye and Act 22: The Secret of the Vizjerei will be fully playable. The fully remade Act 1 and Act 2 cinematices will be also be viewable in the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta tests (both open and early access).
Those who purchased Diablo 2 Resurrected (and own Diablo 3), they will be able to unlock the Heritage of Arreat — a Diablo II-themed Barbarian transmog set that Diablo 3 Barbarians can wear! Anyone who who pre-purchased the Diablo Prime Evil Collection can also earn their Mephisto pet and equip the Hatred’s Grasp wing set in Diablo 3. More details on that here.
Here’s an FAQ on the beta.
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: 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: 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.
For the complete FAQ, head on over here.
Diablo 2 Resurrected will be out this September 23 on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch.