Date: April 6, 2021
Starting April 9th and running through 10am on April 12th, the Diablo II Technical Alpha will be playable for a select number of players who opted in to the alpha test. The Technical Alpha is limited in scope: it is PC-exclusive, single player only, includes just Acts I and II, and only has three playable classes (the Sorceress, Barbarian, and Amazon).
Invites will begin going out Friday (4/9) at 7am PDT, and will be distributed “throughout the day”. Some streamers on Twitch and YouTube will get access a day early, beginning Thursday (4/8) at 10am PDT. As of this writing, you can still opt-in on the official website, though it’s hard to say whether or not opting in this late will give you a shot at getting access to the alpha. It’s very easy to opt-in if you’ve already got a Battle.net account, so it’s probably worth a try.
The limited scope of the alpha test may be disappointing to some, but it’s good to see that the developers are doing their due diligence in honing the primary systems and early game experience before they begin testing the rest of the remaster. Those of you that didn’t get into the Technical Alpha will have at least one more pre-release test you might be able to participate in, presumably an open beta.
The Diablo II remaster is looking promising so far, and the Technical Alpha will hopefully give a clearer idea of how high expectations should be for the finished product. You can check out the full official statement here, and let us know in the comments what you think about the DII remaster so far!