Diablo 2: Resurrected open beta coming next week

Diablo 2: Resurrected has two beta weekends coming up.

Blizzard has revealed the dates and details for Diablo 2: Resurrected‘s upcoming beta tests, which take place over two weekends on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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The first is scheduled for this weekend, and it’s available only to players who pre-ordered the game. The early access test kicks off Friday, August 13 at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm UK, with pre-loading available August 11. The early access beta will be live until August 17.

The following weekend, the open beta will be available for anyone without need for pre-ordering. It goes live Friday, August 20 at the same times, and the pre-load will be available August 18. You’ll have until August 23 to play it.

Content is identical across the two betas. Five classes will be available to play, the alpha’s Barbarian, Sorceress, and Amazon, as well as two new classes: Druid, and Paladin. Two campaign acts will be unlocked: Act 1: The Sightless Eye, and Act 2: The Secret of the Vizjerei, including their remade cinematics.

You’ll also have access to multiplayer in both betas, including PvP. Co-op is available for up to eight players in a single game, and Blizzard said monsters’ HP and loot quantity will be scaled appropriately.

Cross-progression between all supported platforms will be enabled, too, meaning you can pick up where you left off on any of them. While Xbox Live Gold will be required for the early access portion, the open beta will be free for all. PlayStation Plus is not required for either.

The Diablo 2: Resurrected tests are always-online, but the full game will offer separate offline saves for solo players. Blizzard also shared the game’s minimum and recommended PC specs, which we’ve included below.

Diablo 2: Resurrected minimum PC specs

  • OS: Windows 10.
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-3250/AMD FX-4350.
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 660/AMD Radeon HD 7850.
  • RAM: 8GB.
  • Storage: 30GB.
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720.

Diablo 2: Resurrected recommended PC specs

  • OS: Windows 10.
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9600k/AMD Ryzen 5 2600.
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060/AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT.
  • RAM: 16GB.
  • Storage: 30GB.
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080.

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