Patch 2.3 for Diablo 2: Resurrected is now live, and while developer Blizzard Entertainment is yet to provide a detailed breakdown of all the things this update brings, it’s said that players can expect “many bug fixes and other improvements”. Thankfully, the company posted a ‘Patch 2.3 Highlights’ blog post a few weeks ago, so we at least have some details on the accessibility and visual improvements that are now in the game, including Nvidia DLSS.
Nvidia’s technology is a real boon for anyone looking to boost fps without the fuss or cost of upgrading their gaming PC. It uses AI upscaling to maintain sharp image quality despite rendering games at a lower target resolution. Unfortunately, you’ll need a compatible Nvidia graphics card to use the feature, and there’s no sign of AMD FSR support yet.
Regardless, given that the Diablo 2: Resurrected system requirements are already so low, we’re not entirely sure how beneficial Nvidia DLSS will be, but it’s nice to have the option all the same.
Blizzard Entertainment has also introduced an “Active Skill Bindings bar”, which allows for more key binding options for abilities. This feature was previously exclusive to console ports of the game, as the developer “feared it would stray too far from the original experience” on PC. However, this fear was ultimately quelled by “outpouring of community feedback requesting this feature”.
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Diablo II: Resurrected Patch 2.3 is now live. pic.twitter.com/nrz2Txgh8I
— Diablo (@Diablo) December 2, 2021
Activision Blizzard is facing a lawsuit filed in July by the state of California (since expanded for QA and customer service contractors) alleging years of discrimination and harassment. Since then, CEO Bobby Kotick has called the company’s initial response “tone deaf”, employees have staged a walkout, Blizzard president J Allen Brack has left, and the ABK Workers Alliance has demanded change at the company. The lawsuit is ongoing; follow the latest developments here.
In September, an agency of the US federal government opened an investigation into Activision Blizzard’s response to sexual misconduct and discrimination complaints from its employees, as part of which Kotick has reportedly been subpoenaed. The company is also facing a separate unfair labour practice suit alleging “worker intimidation and union busting” filed by a workers’ union, also in September. In another, separate development, Activision Blizzard reached an agreement with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission “to settle claims and to further strengthen policies and programs to prevent harassment and discrimination”. In a subsequent letter to employees, the company has announced an end to forced arbitration, a $250 million initiative to improve diversity, and a major pay cut for Kotick.
A new report published this November now alleges Bobby Kotick knew about and suppressed reports of sexual misconduct. Kotick has responded with an official statement saying the Wall Street Journal’s article “paints an inaccurate and misleading view of our company, of me personally, and my leadership.” In reply, Activision Blizzard’s board of directors declared it “remains confident” in Kotick’s leadership.