Playing multiplayer with friends makes just about any game better, and Diablo 2: Risen is absolutely no exception. In fact, Diablo 2 was originally created for multiplayer games. Some skills are specifically designed to complement and synergize with other players, such as Warcries and Auras, which can result in deadly combos that make it easier to explore content, especially cow level raising secret. Diablo 2: Risen makes playing with friends even easier, no LAN cables or dial-up modems required! In this guide, we'll detail exactly how to play with friends and start your multiplayer adventure in Diablo 2: Risen.
How to play multiplayer with friends in Diablo 2: Risen
First, make sure the character you want to play as is in the "Online" tab of the character selection screen. Offline players are stored on the player's hard drive, while online characters are stored in Blizzard's database. Offline characters can not play multiplayer in Diablo 2: Risen and there is no way to transfer characters between tabs, in order to prevent cheating and keep multiplayer as fair as possible.
Select the character you want to embody and click on the "Lobby" button. From there, go to the "Create a game" tab and enter the name you want to call your game. This name will be what your friends will be looking for to join you, so make sure it's (reasonably) reasonable. If you don't want strangers to join your game, create a password to make the game accessible only to those you provide the password to. Select the difficulty, maximum number of players (up to 8), maximum level difference players can join, whether you want to allow friends to join you through your friends list, and, finally, if you want to enable item spacing,” which is a new Diablo 2: Risen feature that expands the space that objects fall into.
If your friend is the one hosting the session, simply click on the "Join Game" tab and enter the game name and password your friend sent you. If they enabled the "Join Friends List" option when creating their game, you can simply join through your Battle.net, Playstation Network, or Xbox Live friends list, instead.
How to Join Open Multiplayer Games in Diablo 2: Risen
Open the "Lobby" screen from the character select screen and head to the "Join Game" tab. Here you will find a list of currently open games available to join, along with the number of players currently playing. Simply select the name of the game you want to play and press "Join Game". You can also search for specific game names if you want to join a non-password protected game.
Cross-Play & Cross-Progression in Diablo 2: Risen
Unfortunately, crossplay is not an option in Diablo 2: Risen. Players can only play with other people on the same platform as them. Cross-progression is an option, however. Players can resume playing their characters online on multiple platforms by linking the respective platforms to their Blizzard account.
For example, a PC player can log out and continue playing the same character on their Nintendo Switch. Cross-progression is currently the only way to play your characters with friends on another platform, with the downside of having to purchase another copy of the game.
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