The next update for Diablo 2: Resurrected has it all: Blizzard has added a few important improvements to the controversial action RPG and is particularly suitable for PC gamers. We have summarized all the new features from the patch.
Blizzard has revealed the next major update for Diablo 2: Resurrected. Patch 2.3 should not only deliver typical bug fixes, but also incorporate a few new features. The improvements are intended to iron out some of the remaster’s weaknesses and fulfill the wishes of the fans. Patch 2.3 is due to be released in early December. We summarize the innovations.
Finally: talent bar and quickcast for PC gamers
That was overdue: With patch 2.3, mouse and keyboard players will also be able to use a talent bar in the future. In addition, you can now trigger skills directly at the touch of a button, instead of first selecting them and then using them with a click. This “Quickcast” function has long been standard in the genre, but Blizzard initially had concerns that it would stray too far from the original gaming experience. In the meantime, however, it has become clear that many PC gamers want the feature (we have also repeatedly criticized the lack of it). However, the talent bar will look different with the mouse and keyboard than with a gamepad: Instead of completely replacing the HUD, a new row of buttons will be displayed at the bottom of the menu. You can then assign the function keys to these buttons. In addition, you can also use your skills as usual with the old controls – the new skill bar remains completely optional.
Now also on consoles: You can change the number of players offline
Anyone who wants to play Diablo 2 offline has always had the opportunity to use a number of useful console commands on the PC. A popular option here was the “/ playersX” command, which can be used to simulate a higher number of players. The game then thinks you’re having a party; this increases the enemy’s life points, but also the amount of experience points they discard when they die. This should also improve the loot drop rate. Up until now, this feature was reserved for PC gamers only, but with patch 2.3 console gamers will also be taken into account: In future, you can set the simulated number of players in the options menu using a slider, thereby increasing the level of difficulty.
Further improvements in patch 2.3
The last patches for Diablo 2: Resurrected were mainly aimed at getting the login and server problems under control. Now the developers also want to advance the game itself on many fronts. For example, Blizzard has revised the interface slightly, for example to make it easier to recognize players who have been mutated or ignored. In addition, the character level of heroes will be displayed in the lobby, the chat will be improved and you should also be able to see the real ID names of Battle.net friends. PvP players can now use the “miss” hit display, so that you can more easily see when a blow is going nowhere. In addition, mouse players receive a new “Force Move” key command that automatically directs your character to the position of the mouse pointer. PC gamers with Nvidia graphics cards should also be able to use DLSS to achieve higher graphics settings or resolutions with better performance.
Additionally, Diablo 2: Resurrected will receive a Public Test Realm (PTR) for the first time in the near future. In this secure environment, Blizzard wants to test various innovations, improvements and, above all, changes to the database, in this way they want to further improve the extremely bumpy online experience.
Patch 2.3 for Diablo 2: Resurrected is expected to be released in early December. Are you satisfied with the new features and improvements? What updates do you wish for in the future?