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Diablo 2: Resurrected first playable alpha test coming this weekend

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Starting April 9, some Diablo fans will be able to play the Diablo 2 remaster, Diablo 2: Resurrected, as part of a “technical alpha” test, Blizzard announced on Tuesday. A small group of players who opted into the alpha test via Blizzard’s website will get an invite sometime this week. The test period will run until Monday, April 12.

The Diablo 2: Resurrected technical alpha doesn’t allow for co-op play (it’s single-player only) and features three of the game’s seven classes: the Barbarian, Amazon, and Sorceress. Fans and some streamers will be able to play through the first two acts of Diablo 2: Resurrected, including the Duriel boss fight.

While this alpha is single-player only and has a limited number of classes available, there won’t be a level cap. Dedicated players will be able to test a fully leveled up version of the three available classes if they have the patience and time to grind them to max level.

Blizzard also promised a multiplayer-focused alpha test later in 2021.

Blizzard originally announced Diablo 2: Resurrected at its BlizzConline event earlier this year. The remaster is exactly the Diablo 2 fans remember, warts and all, fully revitalized with 4K graphics and Dolby Surround sound. Blizzard hasn’t announced a release date for Diablo 2: Resurrected, but it will come to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.