It took about 13 years of development, but Diablo: The Hell 2 mod for Diablo: Hellfire has finally released, adding upgraded graphics and fresh content to the decades-old game.
Mod creator Mordor writes on the game’s Patreon page that the mod features immersive gameplay and stays true to Diablo 1 in every aspect, in addition to being “balanced near perfection.”
The creator confirmed that the mod will work on the on version currently being offered on GOG.com. However, The Hell 2’s upgrade an Ultra HD (4K compatible) graphics might be a bit redundant since the GOG version already has an improved graphics mode. Fortunately, The Hell 2 also offers quite a bit of extra content that makes the long wait worthwhile.
A brief rundown of the main highlights include:
- At least 50% more content than any other Diablo mod, with 24 basic dungeon levels and special quest levels in single-player mode. The mod also removes/corrects “controversial” decisions from Hellfire that David Brevik was displeased with.
- Full support for Ultra HD, wide screen, window modes, borderless, fullscreen, switching them on the fly (Alt + Enter), with frame rates up to 80 fps.
- Functioning multiplayer(through Hamachi / Zerotier + IPX wrapper).
- Fixing all the original Diablo bugs.
- Modernized gameplay features for items, monsters, music, randomizations.
- An even darker atmosphere for the game.
- 29 new and changed classes to play: Warriors, Archers, Sorcerers, Monks, Rogues, and Savages.
- Configurable options to adjust the style of play to suit individual needs.
- Four game modes to choose from: Normal, Hardcore, Ironman and Nightmare.
- Three new item slots: gloves, boots, belts. There are also three weapon slots to alternate between.
- An expanded inventory that supports a 10 x 7 grid instead of the original 10 x 4.
Head over the to the Patreon page for more information on how to download and install the Diablo: The Hell 2 mod and its predecessor. In development since 2006, the mod aims to help Diablo reach its full potential by adding content the original development team at Blizzard was unable to. If nothing else, it should breathe some new life into the 23-year-old game and expansion.