Diablo II Resurrection aims to bring more than just a more modern visual twist to the updated sequel, as Blizzard has gone to great lengths to make the game more accessible than ever.
In a new blog post, the studio revealed how it has introduced new quality of life changes designed to enable a smoother and more accessible gaming experience. Some of these new design elements that have been tested include automatic gold picking, larger font sizes, user interface scaling, and options like gamma and contrast settings to improve readability.
The automatic gold pickup was originally added to help players using a controller, but Blizzard quickly discovered that the option could alleviate physical stress without compromising the basic gaming experience. Another enhancement to the game was the option to enable Missing Text, a feature that provides visual feedback for a player’s missed attacks while also enhancing the RPG element of the game.
In addition, Blizzard has added extensive modifications for controllers, a long list of bindable actions for mouse and keyboard setups, new bindable neutral abilities such as interaction, and twelve bindable buttons that can be used to assign actions and abilities in a specific way.
“Diablo II is first and foremost a game of picking and holding objects and clicking persistently,” said Drew McCrory, director of design and UX accessibility. “We know that longer holds and repetitive actions can be a significant barrier for some players, so we’ve added quality of life features to alleviate the fatigue caused by many of these actions. We also allow many controller abilities to trigger continuously when the button is held down for players who cannot quickly tap the buttons repeatedly. “
On the audio side, Diablo II: Resurrected allows players to manually expand their sound channels and cut out sounds that are not strictly necessary for them. Sliders for voices, UI cues, steps, monster hit hits, weapon sounds, environmental objects, battle blood and more can be adjusted. Blizzard said there are more optional accessibility features in development ahead of the game’s upcoming release. Diablo II: Resurrected Pre-Orders for PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, and PS5 are live and give access to an Early Access Beta for all platforms except Switch.
Other changes to the classic RPG are plentiful and minor, but Blizzard has stressed that it aims to keep the gameplay of the original Diablo II intact while adding a number of updates to the game. There’s also Diablo 4 to look forward to, although Blizzard said the game won’t be out in 2021 and no launch window has been announced for it yet.
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