Blizzard Entertainment have confirmed that the original Diablo II save files can transfer into Diablo II: Resurrected.
In an interview with IGN Middle East, Game Producer Matthew Cederquist was asked if this was possible, to which he confirmed it emphatically. “Yes! Yes, keep those! […] Back when we were working on [the remaster], we wondered if the old save files would work and we kind of shoved it in and it worked! And we were like, ‘okay, that’s the best feature ever’.”
Principal Designer Rob Gallerani had previously confirmed that the remake would not be replacing the original game. Gallerani compared the original Diablo II as a puppet-master, while Resurrected was the puppet. He also semi-jokingly asked players not to stand in doorways. Characters are still moving in a grid based world, but presented with 3D graphics.
Other underlying programming from the original also exists. As the original game ran on frames rather than time (utilizing break-points when skills would result in actions between frames), so will Diablo II: Resurrected.
Game Designer Andre Abrahamian also confirmed in the IGN interview that there will be a “legacy toggle,” so players can alternate between the original, and new graphics.
You can find the full rundown (via the official website) below.
A Timeless Classic, Resurrected
Diablo® II: Resurrected™ is a remastered version of the quintessential action RPG Diablo® II. Pursue the mysterious Dark Wanderer and fight the denizens of hell as you uncover the fate of the Prime Evils Diablo, Mephisto, and Baal, now in up to 4K (2160p) resolution on PC. Diablo II Resurrected features:
Remastered graphics—monsters, heroes, items, spells, all resurrected.
An epic story told through five distinct acts.
Classic gameplay—the same Diablo II you know and love, preserved.
Updated Battle.net support.
Planned support for cross-progression—take your progress wherever you play.
… and much more!
The Lord of Destruction Returns
Diablo II: Resurrected includes all content from both Diablo II and its epic expansion Diablo II: Lord of Destruction®. Battle your way through icy caverns, horrific tombs filled with undead abominations, and frozen wastelands to the frigid summit of Mount Arreat and stop Baal, the Lord of Destruction. Raise hell with two Lord of Destruction playable classes—the cunning Assassin, master of traps and shadow disciplines, and the savage Druid, a bold shapeshifter and summoner who commands primal elemental magic.
Diablo II: Resurrected launches 2021 for Windows PC (via Battle.net), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.
Image: Diablo II: Resurrected official website