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Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.4 goes live with balance changes and bug fixes

Blizzard Entertainment has released a major new update for Diablo 2: Risen A patch was released on Thursday that made major balance changes to the classic click-and-kill action RPG and fixed numerous bugs. Patch 2.4 for Diablo 2: Risen is the first major balance update for the game in over 11 years and fixes some nasty bugs players have faced since the original game was released in 2000.

Notable are two longstanding 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 detailed patch notes:

  • Fixed an issue where Mana Drain unique monster packs would drain much more mana than intended
  • Fixed an issue where Fire-enchanted monsters were doing too much damage on Nightmare difficulty

Diablo 2: Risen Developers said last year that they wanted to fix bugs like the ones above, the unexpected results of miscalculations in game code that have long angered gamers. Andre Abrahamian, former game designer at Blizzard Entertainment and lead designer for Diablo 2: Risensaid during a question-and-answer video session that the team responsible for the diablo 2 Remaster wanted to “fix things that were misinforming players” but left “quirks” that could benefit players or that became part of the game’s meta unchanged.

Elsewhere in the update, Blizzard has made significant balance changes to all of them Diablo 2: Risen‘s seven classes. The team seems to have touched every aspect of the classes, from attack animations to combat skills to class-specific tooltips. (Barbarian players will no doubt appreciate a fix to this class’s Whirlwind ability.) These tweaks have been tested since January, when Blizzard pushed patch 2.4 into the game’s public testing area.

Thursday’s update also includes new Horadric Cube recipes, new Ladder-exclusive Rune Words, and sweeping quality of life updates. The latter includes the new “Legacy” graphics emulation, which offers a variety of classic visualization options. Here’s how they are described in Blizzard’s patch notes:

  • “GDI” emulates the original legacy game’s software rasterization and applies no filtering
  • Glide emulates the original legacy game’s hardware-accelerated backend with bilinear filtering
  • Resurrected uses Glide emulation with additional fixes to fix an artifact that would appear with the original Glide rendering

For a closer look at everything that’s changed, check out this Diablo 2: RisenPatch notes for 2.4.

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

https://www.polygon.com/23026676/diablo-2-patch-24-remaster-d2r-update-balance-changes-bug-fixes Diablo 2: Resurrected Patch 2.4 goes live with balance changes and bug fixes

Charles Jones

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