Diablo II’s updated version will attack all consoles, but since we’re talking about a PC game, there could be some worries on how it would work on a console.
Remember that Diablo II launched on PC in 2000, so Blizzard designed it to be played with a keyboard and a mouse. However, on the PlayStation/Xbox/Nintendo Switch trio, it’s not possible (or if it is, it isn’t common to hook the peripherals to the console via USB), so Rod Fergusson, the executive producer of Diablo II: Resurrected, had to explain everything in an interview with GameSpot.
„Fundamentally, it’s the change of, you’re telling the character where to go, to you are the character giving them that direction through the sticks. The dev team just did a fantastic job. The very first time we implemented controller support it was already very playable. It felt great to play. Ranged attacks feel good, melee attacks feel good. Auto gold pickup works so well. Certain things get turned on as an option. Those things you can also turn off.
It was just trying to make it feel native, even though it wasn’t. You don’t want it to feel like “Oh, this is a PC port, therefore it feels kind of clunky.” We’ve dedicated a lot of effort to make that feel smooth. To feel like you have precision, that you can do what you want to do. It feels like a great console experience,” Fergusson said.
He also explained some changes they made compared to the base PC game: „It’s a focus on understanding what the controller is good at. We try some things, and we go, “That’s too far.” For a while, when we plugged in a controller your inventory auto-sorted for you so you didn’t have to do inventory Tetris, and we were “Oh, this kind of breaks the game.” So, [we had to find] creative ways to allow you to move things between your inventory and your belt or your inventory and stash and shortcuts. Some skills, like Sorcerer’s Teleport, it depends on where you click to, so now we’re having to predict a certain range of distance based on how you use the controller,” Fergusson added.
Diablo II: Resurrected will launch on September 23 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (Battle.net), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.