Diablo 2 gets first major update in 11 years, fixes some 20-year-old bugs

Diablo 2 gets first major update in 11 years, fixes some 20-year-old bugs

Blizzard Entertainment has rolled out a major new update for Diablo 2: Resurrected on Thursday, a patch that made significant changes to and fixed numerous bugs in the classic click-and-kill action RPG. Patch 2.4 for diablo 2: resurrected is the first major balance update to the game in over 11 years and fixes a number of annoying bugs that players have been dealing with since the original game launched in 2000.

Of note are two long-standing bugs with: Diablo 2 that would have completely wiped out your character’s mana – effectively rendering some classes defenseless – or dealt too much damage – namely fire-enchanted monsters. From Blizzard’s extensive patch notes:

  • Fixed an issue where Unique Mana Drain Monster Packs drain far more mana than intended
  • Fixed an issue where fire-enchanted monsters were dealing too much damage on Nightmare difficulty

Diablo 2: Resurrected developers said last year that they wanted to address bugs like the above, the unexpected results of miscalculations in the game’s code that have long hurt players. Andre Abrahamian, former game designer at Blizzard Entertainment and lead design for Diablo 2: Resurrectedsaid during a Q&A video session that the team responsible for the Diablo 2 remaster wanted to fix “things that misinform players” but leave “quirks” that players can take advantage of or that became part of the game’s meta as it is.

Elsewhere in the update, Blizzard made substantial balance changes to all Diablo 2: Resurrectedthe seven classes. The team seems to have touched on every aspect of classes, from attack animations to combat skills to class-specific tooltips. (Barbarian players will no doubt be excited about a fix for that class’s Whirlwind ability.) Those tweaks have been in testing since January, when Blizzard brought patch 2.4 to the game’s public testing world.

Thursday’s update also includes new Horadric Cube recipes, new Ladder-exclusive Rune Words, and expanded quality of life updates. The latter includes new “Legacy” graphics emulation that offers a variety of classic visualization options. Here’s how Blizzard’s patch notes describe them:

  • ‘GDI’ emulates the software rasterization of the original legacy game and does not apply any filtering
  • ‘Glide’ emulates the hardware-accelerated backend of the original legacy game with bilinear filtering
  • ‘Resurrected’ uses the Glide emulation with additional fixes to address an artifact that would occur with the original Glide rendering

For a closer look at everything that has changed, check out Diablo 2: Resurrected‘s 2.4 patch notes.

Diablo 2: Resurrected is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.