With Diablo IV Still a long way off, there are plenty of Blizzard fans looking forward to a release Diablo II: The Resurrection. The game will come sometime later this year, but in the lead up to its launch, Blizzard has indicated that it will host multiple auditions. The first test – Alpha Tech – will begin later this week, giving fans an early look at the game.
Blizzard has detailed the content and categories that will be available in this technical preliminary release, and it is not surprising to hear that we will be somewhat limited. Players with access to alpha will be able to play Acts 1 and 2 with Amazon, Barbarian, and Sorceress chapters – three of Diablo II: The ResurrectionSeven seasons.
Blizzard says there will never be a level cap implemented during the technical initial release, so if you fancy yourself Diablo II Energy level or sprint, you’ll be able to live up to your heart’s content. You will only have a limited window of time to do so, though, as the Alpha Tech kicks off on Friday, April 9 at 7 a.m. PDT / 10 a.m. EST and continues through to Monday, April 12 at 10 a.m. PDT. / 1 p.m. EST. Blizzard also notes that this technical initial release will only focus on single player, with multiplayer tests appearing later this year.
So, how do you reach Alpha Tech? You will first need to subscribe to the Tech Initial Edition by going to File Diablo II: The Resurrection website, Log in with your Battle.net account, then click the “Subscribe” button. Sadly, not everyone will be able to choose to participate, but Blizzard says that participants will be randomly selected and emailed with instructions on how to access and download alpha in the coming days, so at least everyone has an equal chance of getting in.
Those who participate in the technical initial release will be able to record and stream the game, so at least those who are not selected will be able to head to platforms like Twitch and YouTube to watch the game in action. Blizzard says there will be at least one other test that goes beyond this technical alpha, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for information on this test. For more information on this alpha test, be sure to check out Blizzard’s Blog post Around it.