Diablo 2: Resurrected Will Allow Classic Save Files
Excited for Diablo 2: Resurrected, but you still have old save files from your original playthroughs? If so, you’re just like me! When I heard this I was incredibly excited. How this came about is apparently a bit of a weird experiment, but it produced a result we’re all very glad to hear about. When Diablo 2: Resurrected comes out later this year, you can import your old save files and continue right where you left off. Diablo 2 is still a widely-played game after all, even aside from the various hacks/mods for it (Median XL, Diablo 2 Randomizer).
Stay Awhile, And Listen
For those of you who are worried this means the end of traditional Diablo 2, don’t worry. The servers are going to stay online through the legacy Battle.net client. So if you want to keep playing the old way (and play Diablo 2: Resurrected), you can use your save files in the new one, and keep playing the old way. Now that’s just awesome. How did this come about though?
According to Matthew Cederquist:
“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.”
I can’t think of a single remaster or remake that would allow for this. Even games that go from Playstation 4 to Playstation 5 don’t always let you keep your save files. To see the 20+-year-old Diablo 2 save files be usable in Diablo 2: Resurrected is brilliant. Not only is it going to come to console, potentially have cross-play, and will have cross-progression. On top of that, our old PC save files will be usable! We sincerely hope this isn’t a feature that gets cut at the 11th hour.
This is all told, great news for Diablo 2 fans, much like myself. We will soon be able to revisit our favorite builds and gear set-ups, but with enhanced graphics and updated gameplay.