Blizzard Entertainment has rolled out a major new update for Diablo 2: Risen Thursday, a patch that brought drastic changes to balance and fixed numerous bugs in the classic click-and-kill action RPG. Update 2.4 for Diablo 2: Risen is the game’s first major balance update in over 11 years and fixes some nasty bugs players have been dealing with since the original game launched in 2000.
It’s worth noting two long-standing bugs with Diablo 2 it would have completely wiped out your character’s mana – rendering some classes effectively defenseless – or dealt too much damage – namely fire-enchanted monsters. According to Blizzard’s numerous patch notes:
- Fixed an issue where unique monster packs with mana drain drained significantly more mana than intended
- Fixed an issue where fire-enchanted monsters were doing too much damage on Nightmare difficulty
Diablo 2: Risen the developers said last year they wanted to fix bugs like the ones above, the unexpected results of miscalculations in the game’s code, which have long irked players. Andre Abrahamian, former game designer at Blizzard Entertainment and head of design for Diablo 2: Risensaid during a Q&A video session that the team in charge of the Diablo 2 remaster wanted to fix “things that misinform players,” but leave “quirks” that could benefit players or have become part of the game meta as is.
Elsewhere in the update, Blizzard made substantial balance changes to all Diablo 2: Risen‘s seven classes. The team seems to have touched on every aspect of classes, from attack animations to combat skills to class-specific tooltips. (Barbarian players will no doubt be pleased with a fix for this class’s Whirlwind skill.) These changes have been in testing since January, when Blizzard brought patch 2.4 to the game’s Public Test Realm.
Thursday’s update also includes new Horadric Cube recipes, new Ladder-exclusive runewords, and plenty of quality of life updates. The latter includes a new “Legacy” graphics emulation that offers a variety of classic viewing options. Here’s how Blizzard’s patch notes describe them:
- ‘GDI’ emulates the original legacy game software rasterization and does not apply any filtering
- ‘Glide’ emulates the hardware accelerated backend of the original legacy game with bilinear filtering
- ‘Resurrected’ uses Glide emulation with additional fixes in place to address an artifact that would occur with the original Glide renderer
For a closer look at everything that’s changed, check out Diablo 2: RisenPatch Notes 2.4’s.
Diablo 2: Risen is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.