is prepping the 2.3 update to Diablo II: Resurrected
with a planned release coming in December. One of the major additions coming is an action/skill bar (using the entire function key range) so you no longer have to hot-swap abilities when playing with keyboard and mouse. This is one of the main reasons I play with controller (skills can be mapped to buttons), so it's awesome to see the team listening to player feedback.
When we brought controller support to Diablo II: Resurrected, players gained immediate access to up to 12 buttons. When a player presses any of the face buttons or triggers that they have mapped to an ability, they instantly use them. Diablo III uses this same method, and it has become the expectation for most controller interfaces in action role-playing games.
We’ve seen an outpouring of community feedback requesting this feature for keyboard and mouse play, too. We originally avoided this approach because we feared it would stray too far from the original experience, but the community is eager for it, so we’re eager to deliver.
Players can now opt to use the Active Skill Bindings bar. This will show an additional bar above the standard HUD at the bottom of the screen. Players can map up to 16 skills (although the tooltip suggests F1–F8) to that additional bar. Furthermore, if the Quick Cast Skills option is active, pressing these buttons will instantly use the abilities rather than just re-map the right or left mouse buttons.
The PC version is also getting a visual upgrade with NVIDIA DLSS support coming, which will no doubt improve performance for those wanting to play Diablo II: Resurrected in 4K.
Blizzard also notes that it has made major strides with server issues, noting "we’ve seen significant improvement in decreasing queue times as players now on average wait less than 60 seconds to enter Sanctuary and get in-game". The team is also setting up a PTR environment ala Diablo III so it can properly test upcoming updates. Here's hoping we get to see more quality of life features and potentially even some game changers to boot.
For more on the update -- head here