Diablo 2 open beta release date, Resurrected start time, pre-load, PS Plus, Xbox Gold news

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Diablo 2 fans are counting down to the start of this weekend’s open beta.

The Diablo 2 open beta is available for fans on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.

Unlike last week’s closed beta – which was only available for pre-order customers – this weekend’s beta is open to all players, no purchase required.

The Diablo 2 open beta has an August 20 release date, and a 6pm BST start time for UK fans.

Fans can play the Diablo 2 experience until 6pm BST on August 23, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the game.

However, if you don’t want to miss a second of the action, you can pre-load the Diablo 2 beta right now.

The download weighs in at around 25GB, so you’ll need to start downloading a little earlier to be ready for launch.

There’s more good news about the Diablo 2 Resurrected open beta, especially if you’re playing on PlayStation or Xbox consoles.

According to Blizzard, PlayStation Plus isn’t required to access and play the beta during the open beta. PS Plus will be required when the game launches in full.

The same is true on Xbox, where a Gold subscription isn’t required for the open beta. Again, you will need Gold for online multiplayer when the game releases in full.

Sadly, however, the Diablo 2 Resurrected beta won’t be playable on Nintendo Switch.

Blizzard explains more: “While the Open Beta will not be available for the Nintendo Switch system, the Heritage of Arreat transmog for Diablo III is intended to be available as a pre-order incentive to players on Nintendo Switch when Diablo II: Resurrected launches across all platforms on September 23.”

In terms of content, the Diablo 2 beta will give fans the chance to test out five character classes, including two brand new classes. 

New characters include the shapeshifting Druid and the hammer-slinging Paladin. The Sorceress, the Barbarian, and the Amazon are also playable.

“The Druids are a nomadic race who hail from the untamed lands of Scosglen,” Blizzard explains.

“Rugged and beautiful, the home of the Druids is teeming with Werewolves and other abominations lurking within the encroaching wilderness. To survive and rule over these wilds, the Druids must forfeit their humanity to awaken the beast within.”

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Paladins, on the other hand, use holy magic to battle demons, as well as swords and shield.

Even more exciting is the ability to enjoy cross-platform multiplayer with parties of up to eight people.

“Besides complementary skills that help each other in battle, experience, monster hit points, and the quantity of items dropped scale upwards as more players join the session.

“Additionally, players can choose to duel each other or even claim a rival’s ear in PvP combat.”

In addition to multiplayer, players will be able to play the entirety of Act I: The Sightless Eye and Act II: The Secret of the Vizjerei.

Diablo 2 launches in full on September 23 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC. 

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