Activision Blizzard is pressing ahead despite recent troubles. Players will finally be able to get some hands-on time with Diablo II: Resurrected, which will have an Early Access test ahead of its open beta in August. Anyone not participating in any boycott of the publisher is likely very curious to see how the company is going to handle one of gaming’s most beloved classics. After the Warcraft III: Reforged debacle, it could turn it out either way, but I’m hopeful that lessons have been learned. People who pre-purchased the game will see for themselves in just a few days, as the test is set to start this weekend.
The Early Access test for Diablo II: Resurrected kicks off at 1 PM ET on August 13. In order to partake in this test, players will have to have pre-purchased either the base game or the Diablo Prime Evil Collection on PC. Furthermore, the game will be available for pre-load beginning on August 11. If you’re waiting to see how the game is before putting money down, an Open Beta available to everybody will start on August 20 at 1 PM ET, a full week after the Early Access test.
Diablo II: Resurrected is getting an early access test
As for how long you’ll be able to play, the Early Access test for Diablo II: Resurrected will last until August 17 at 1 PM EST, while the Open Beta will run until August 23 at 1PM EST. These betas are meant to give the devs valuable gameplay feedback, as well as client performance data. This beta will feature five character classes, as well Acts I and II of the game. It’s worth noting that you won’t be able to use your offline saves from the original game for the beta test, but you will be able to do so when the game launches in full.