Sunday 3 September 2023

Project Diablo 2 Season 8: A Fresh Take on a Classic Game


Project Diablo 2, a fan-run mod project for Blizzard's iconic RPG game, Diablo 2, is gearing up for its eighth season, aptly titled 'Depravity.' The new season promises to bring a host of new features, quality-of-life improvements, and challenges for players. Here's everything you need to know about what's coming in Project Diablo 2 Season 8.

What is Project Diablo 2?

Project Diablo 2 aims to preserve the core experience of the original Diablo 2 and its Lord of Destruction expansion. The project runs on a seasonal model with ladder resets and adds new features "as if development never ceased." This includes new items, skills, and extensive balance changes to allow for a variety of new builds.

Quality-of-Life Improvements

The upcoming season will introduce several quality-of-life improvements, such as quick casting, buff timers, and stackable items. Additionally, a shared stash between your characters will be available. These changes are designed to make the gameplay experience smoother and more enjoyable.

New Features in Season 8

Season 8, titled 'Depravity,' is set to launch on September 22, 2023, with closed and open betas preceding the official release. Among the new features are:

  • Throwing potions that apply negative resistance debuffs.
  • New cold and lightning thrown potions.
  • A button to lock your inventory and charms.
  • Belt UI enhancements to show reserve potion count and types.
  • Dragon Claw now expends charges twice, once on each hand.
  • Blade Shield no longer uses durability.
  • New unique spear Uldyssian’s Awakening, which gives you an energy shield when equipped.
  • Kick damage reworked.
  • New unique map The Fallen Gardens, leading to Diablo 2’s famed Diamond Gates.

Endgame Content

Taking inspiration from other top ARPGs like Path of Exile, Project Diablo 2's endgame will offer ultra-challenging Uber fights, a customizable mapping system, and group-oriented dungeons. All of these features aim to retain the core endgame experience of the Lord of Destruction expansion.

How to Participate

To join in on the action, you'll need a retail copy of Diablo 2 and its Lord of Destruction expansion. The closed beta for the seasonal content will run from September 8-17, followed by an open beta from September 18-20.


Project Diablo 2 Season 8 promises to be an exciting update for fans of the classic game, offering a blend of new features and quality-of-life improvements. Whether you're a veteran Diablo 2 player or new to the franchise, this season offers something for everyone.

For more details and to stay up-to-date with the latest news, you can visit the Project Diablo 2 website and join their Discord server.