The Diablo 2 Resurrected Early Access Beta and Open Beta are happening soon, with Early Access kicking off on August 13th. Here’s everything you need to know about both betas, requirements, platforms, progression and more.
Diablo 2 Resurrected Beta – Everything We Know About The Early Access Beta and Open Beta
Many of you probably heard by now but the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta is happening tomorrow on August 13th. In this article, I want to talk about all the details for the early access beta, how you get into it and what platforms you can play on. I will also talk about the next beta that’s coming a little bit after it and what you need to know about this.
Diablo 2 Resurrected Early Access Beta
First up the early access beta which is the first of the two betas for Diablo 2 Resurrected takes place starting at 10 AM PT on Friday, August 13th, this is tomorrow so if you guys want to play the Early Access beta then you can start doing that at 10 a.m pacific time on Friday. This beta is going to run through to Tuesday August 17th at 10 AM PT and is available on Windows PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Playstation 5 and Playstation 4. This will be for players that have pre-purchased Diablo 2 Resurrected or the Diablo Primeval Collection. This beta is pre-loadable which means you can download it and have it ready ahead of time so if that’s something that you’re interested in make sure you do that.
Diablo 2 Resurrected Open Beta
The open beta will take place the following weekend beginning on August 20th which is Friday at 10 AM PT running through the August 23rd at 10 AM PT so that’s available to anyone regardless of whether they pre-ordered the game or not. So if you don’t want to pre-order the game, you’ll miss the early access period but you’ll still be able to play the following weekend in the Open Beta if you choose, on the same platforms.
The content of the beta is exactly the same as the technical alpha meaning that you’re going to be able to play through Acts 1 and 2 of the game, however you are going to be able to play the Druids and Paladin classes this time so you’re going to be able to choose from Sorceress, Amazon, Barbarian, Paladin, and Druid this time around. The Assassin and the Necromancer are going to be available at full launch of the game.
PC via Battle.net
Also just to clarify one point if you’re playing on PC you’re going to be playing on Battlenet. This has its own downloader and it’s not on Steam or on the Epic store. So if you’re looking for it there, you’re not going to find it and you need to get it from the Blizzard Store. A couple of other points about this Open Beta, Xbox Live Gold is required to play during the Early Access period, that’s this coming weekend but not the open beta next weekend. So you’ll need Xbox Live Gold if you want to play this weekend but not next weekend. Playstation Plus is not needed for either this weekend or next weekend but will be necessary at the launch of the game.
Diablo 2 Progress
Another piece of helpful information is that your progress from the Early Access Beta (that means if you play this weekend) will carry over to the following weekend’s Open Beta. If you play in both betas your characters will still be there, they’ll still have their progression which means you know maybe if you don’t get to play as much as you want this coming weekend you can pick up where you left off next weekend if you choose.
Diablo 2 Offline Save Files
Another really important point is that offline save files although they will work at the launch of the game from the original Diablo 2 (meaning that you can take your old save files and sort of manually copy them over and use them for Diablo 2 Resurrected at launch) will not work during either of these beta tests because they are multiplayer online-only tests. So you won’t be able to use those save files for these beta tests but you will be able to use those at the launch of the game. Also note that the progress made during beta, either of these betas will not carry over to live launch meaning if you get a bunch of characters up to 30 or whatever during these betas, you’re not going to have those available to you at launch.
No Switch During Beta
Another thing to note is that the beta is not playable on Nintendo Switch although the game will be available on Nintendo Switch at launch, you won’t be able to play the beta on it. Also you will need internet access in order to play either of these betas as they are online multiplayer tests only that means that at the launch of the game you’ll still be able to play offline like you could with the original version of the game or online but for these tests specifically, you will need a persistent internet connection.
The last thing I want to mention is that Diablo 2 Resurrected does have cross-progression meaning that you can pick up where you left off let’s say you played on PC, you can pick up where you left off on Playstation. But note that you will have to have a copy of the game on each of these platforms and pre-ordered if you want to play let’s say on PC one weekend and then Playstation the next. Or maybe one day you want to play on Xbox but the next day you want to play on Playstation you’ll have to pre-purchase on separate platforms. So it’s not like you’ll be able to pre-order on pc and then you can play on any of these platforms so just keep that in mind.
Be sure to join our Fextralife Twitch stream as we will have Twitch Drops kicking off on August 13th at 10:00 AM PT. Twitch viewers will be able to earn Twitch Drop rewards on Friday only. The time-based Drops will be unlocked by watching the stream in the Diablo II: Resurrected category. By watching thr stream for a total of 2.5 hours, viewers will get a drop for Windows PC Diablo II: Resurrected Early Access. The drops will conclude on August 14th at 12:00 PM PT.
We are going to be streaming the Diablo 2 Early Access Beta this weekend so if you guys want to come by and ask questions about the game or play hangout etc. be sure to do that and I am trying to snag some Early Access keys in order to give to people who don’t want to pre-order the game, so they can try it out trying to get a hold of a bunch of those. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to but I’m going to try and give away a bunch of those on our stream on Friday. So that other people can check it out even if they don’t want to pre-order the game.
The last thing is we do have a Diablo 2 wiki that we’ve been working on. I should have all the information for the game including updated icons UI menus etc., anything that’s new to Diablo 2 Resurrected should all be in there as well, so make sure you bookmark that and have it ready for when you play.
So are you guys going to be checking out the Diablo 2 early access beta this weekend? What platform are you going to play on if you play? Or are you going to wait until next weekend when you don’t have to pre-order to play? Let me know in the comments below.
Diablo 2 Resurrected will be launching on September 23rd on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch with pre-orders already available. The pre-order early access will be held on August 13th and public open beta will start August 20th.
For more Diablo 2 be sure to check out next Diablo 2 Resurrected Alpha Gameplay Impressions: How Does The Diablo 2 Remaster Hold Up?. You can also drop by our Diablo 2 wiki for all the latest info and changes in Resurrected.