Blizzard’s ‘Diablo II: Resurrected’ technical alpha starts this week

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Blizzard’s ‘Diablo II: Resurrected’ technical alpha starts this week

Blizzard Entertainment has announced that the technical alpha test for Diablo II: Resurrected will begin this Friday, April 9.

Per a press release, Blizzard has confirmed that players who have opted in for the alpha test will get to experience the game from 3pm BST on April 9 until 6pm BST on April 12.

The alpha test will focus on single-player mechanics, with three character classes being made available – Barbarian, Amazon and Sorceress. The press release also notes that there will not be a level cap for the alpha test, and players will get to “upgrade your characters as much as you want until the end of the Technical Alpha”.

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However, players should note that any progress made will not carry over into future alpha and beta tests, nor will progression carry forward into the final version of the game.

For the alpha test, players will be able to play using both mouse and controllers, as Blizzard has confirmed that the game “will allow you to control the game the way you want it”.

While the alpha test will be available in most regions of the world, it will only be available in the English language for the time being. However, the final version of the game will be localised “in more than a dozen languages”.

Players with access to the alpha test are also encouraged to “livestream, capture, and publish gameplay footage, or take and publish as many screenshots as you like from anywhere in the game”.

The alpha test will also include all of the game’s planned features, including 4K resolution, Dolby Surround 7.1 sound support, 27 minutes of remade cinematics, remade graphics and more.

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Players who have pre-ordered the complete version of the game – which is expected to release sometime this year – will also be granted early access to the alpha test, starting from 6pm BST on April 8.

While the full game will release on PS4, PS5, Xbox One,  Xbox Series X|S and Nintendo Switch later this year, the alpha test will only be available on PC.

Published at Wed, 07 Apr 2021 05:17:20 +0000

‘MLB The Show 21’ releasing on Xbox wasn’t Sony’s decision

A Sony representative has confirmed that MLB The Show 21’s upcoming release on Xbox consoles was solely MLB’s decision.

The anonymous rep said to Inverse: “As part of the goal for this year’s game, MLB decided to bring the franchise to more players and baseball fans. This decision provides a unique opportunity to further establish MLB The Show as the premier brand for baseball video games.”

The rep’s comment comes after it was announced last week that MLB The Show 21 will release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass alongside PS4 and PS5. This marks the first time an MLB The Show game is being released on Xbox since 2006, when the game became a PlayStation exclusive.

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Inverse also spoke to several analysts, who believe the move makes practical sense for the MLB, in terms of reaching a wider audience. “I’m sure [MLB] has been watching the in-game monetization of other sports games franchises such as Madden and FIFA with interest and is thinking about audience reach rather than premium sales in this case,” said Ampere analysis research director Piers Harding-Rolls.

MLB The Show 21 will release on April 20 on Xbox consoles via standard purchase options, as well as Xbox Game Pass on launch day. Players will also get to enjoy cross-play, meaning Xbox players will get to go up against PlayStation gamers and vice versa.

MLB The Show 21 will also include cross-progress, meaning players will be able to transfer their progress over between PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Published at Wed, 07 Apr 2021 05:14:59 +0000

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