Diablo 2 Technical Alpha Changes Include Stash Expansion

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Diablo 2 Technical Alpha Changes Include Stash Expansion

July 13, 2021

By: Robert N. Adams

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Vicarious Visions
Release Date
June 30, 2021
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RPG
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A number of Diablo 2 Technical Alpha changes were revealed by Blizzard Entertainment, specifically focusing on improving the quality of life experience for players when it launches later this year.

Diablo 2: Resurrected is a remaster of Blizzard Entertainment's 2001 action RPG Diablo 2. Aside from some graphical upgrades, the developers have taken the time to develop new features to improve on an already great game. The Technical Alpha was a nice walk down memory lane, and now Blizzard has shared what changes it's going to be making in response to player feedback.

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Blizzard elected to triple the size of the Shared Stash to a total of 300 slots after "careful deliberation."

What Are the Diablo 2 Technical Alpha Changes?

One of the biggest Diablo 2 Technical Alpha changes is something I'm certainly excited about: the Shared Stash is going to be tripled in size, providing players with a massive 300 slots of storage to split between all of their characters.

Art, visuals, and color have had a number of small tweaks following feedback from fans. Everything from spells to the color of potions have been adjusted to make them more vibrant and easier to see overall when compared with the original versions seen in the Technical Alpha. This has gameplay effects, too — the Automap should be much easier for players to read.

 
 

Blizzard Entertainment has added an optional real-world clock to the game, too — finally, there will be no more excuses for forgetting to go to sleep because you had to do just one more Baal run. Speaking of time, overall loading times will be faster and players will not actually spawn into a hostile area until it has fully loaded, preventing any chances of a premature death that you couldn't do anything about (we're onto you Duriel).

There's one final item of note for the Diablo 2 Technical Alpha changes: a number of quality of life improvements — including the ability to scale the UI and text — will also be arriving on launch; Blizzard will share more details about these additions at a later date. You can read about all of the new changes in today's news post.

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When is the Diablo 2: Resurrected Early Access Date?

The Diablo 2: Resurrected Early Access date will be sometime in August 2021; a more specific date has not yet been announced. An Early Access beta test will be available to all players who pre-ordered the game.

For now, you can get access to the Early Access beta by pre-ordering Diablo 2: Resurrected starting at $39.99 or your regional equivalent.

What do you think of the Diablo 2: Resurrected Technical Alpha changes? What other things do you think Blizzard Entertainment needs to fix prior to launch? Let us know in the comments below!

 
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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!

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