In an interview with IGN Middle East, it was confirmed that you can import your old Diablo 2 save files in Diablo 2: Resurrected. The confirmation comes courtesy of Matthew Cederquist, Game Producer for Diablo 2: Resurrected.
Other things of note in the interview include the clarification that yes, Diablo 2: Resurrected is a full remaster and yes it will have cross-progression.
You Can Import Your Old Diablo 2 Save Files In Diablo 2: Resurrected
Diablo 2 fans can look forward to something rather interesting when Diablo 2: Resurrected is released. If you still have your old save files from Diablo 2, you’ll be able to import them to Resurrected.
The concept is wild given the sheer amount of time that’s passed between the release of Diablo 2 and the upcoming release of Diablo 2: Resurrected sometime later this year. We imagine once Diablo 2: Resurrected is released, there will be questions regarding “how” to import your old Diablo 2 save files.
Nothing specific was shared on this front by the Diablo 2: Resurrected team. Instead, when asked by IGN Middle East whether players can import their original save files into Diablo 2: Resurrected, Game Producer Matthew Cederquist explained:
“Yes! Yes, keep those! 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’.”
So yes, your old save files can be imported to Diablo 2: Resurrected! If you don’t have save files to import, that’s ok too as the team is looking to attract fans of Diablo 2 along with new players who want to experience the game in a more modern way.
Speaking on this subject, Game Designer Andre Abrahamian explained:
“We are really targeting everyone with this game. We want dedicated Diablo II fans to come play Resurrection, and also new players to experience the game for the first time – whether be it on PC or console. It’s really for everyone, and we are always excited to have more people come and play and enjoy this legacy game.”
In bringing a game like Diablo 2 to the modern age of cross-play and cross-progression, Andre and Matthew explained that while you can utilize cross-save with cross-progression, there will be no cross-play with Diablo 2: Resurrected.
“We are excited to have Diablo II on consoles and we wanted to push the game to a new audience. Cross-progression is a great way to carry over a lot of that, and also help us make sure that the console version is also getting the same authentic experience that the PC players will, as well. But as for cross-play, we don’t have anything to announce at this time,” Andre Abrahamian told IGN Middle East.
Continuing that thought, Matthew Cederquist notes:
“Cross-play was a cool idea, but it just wasn’t the right fit for the game since the game has different UIs, control schemes, and stuff like that. We brought in cross-progression because it felt right, and we wanted to make sure that no matter what console, or platform a player wants to play on, they are going to get the best experience.”
Other areas of Diablo 2: Resurrected that were touched upon in the IGN Middle East interview include the fact that the original Diablo 2 will, “Remain online with the legacy BattleNet, and will be untouched,” according to Andre Abrahamian. As for Diablo 2: Resurrected, it’s being released separately on modern BattleNet.
The game has also received a number of improvements including ones focused on accessibility which should help make it easier for more players to enjoy Diablo 2: Resurrected.
“Players will be able to scale some of the font sizes, and there are also more volume controls,” Andre Abrahamian explained. It was also noted that, “There is a lot of stuff!”
We imagine it’s hard to touch on everything in an interview setting, so we’re eager to see what sort of options will be available when it comes to settings in Diablo 2: Resurrected once it’s formally released.
As of right now, Diablo 2: Resurrected does not have a set release date but aims to release sometime this year in 2021. When more information is provided on the release date for Diablo 2: Resurrected, we’ll be sure to share that with you here at Prima Games.
Overall, a lot of information that Diablo 2 fans may be interested in can be found in the IGN Middle East interview. We highly recommend going over and reading through the full interview as it goes over a number of other things we didn’t mention here.
After hearing that Diablo 2 save files can be imported to Diablo 2: Resurrected, what are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to playing Resurrected, or are you still on the fence about the project? Let us know on our social media channels including Facebook and Twitter!