Ladder Only Runewords, Items, and Recipes Available In Single Player

It was announced that ladder only runewords, unique items, and Horadric Cube recipes that were restricted to ladder ranked play will now be included in non-ladder multiplayer and singleplayer. Ladder rankings and listings will be implemented shortly after launch.

Originally Posted by Hooley (Official Post)

Hi all,
Over the last week, we have seen much speculation and reactions from the community around the subject of Ladder play releasing post-launch. We wanted to take this opportunity to share that Ladder Only Rune Words, Unique Items, and Horadric Cube Recipes that were once restricted to Ladder rank play will now for the first time be included in non-ladder multiplayer and single player play.

We understand these items complement prominent builds and playstyles cherished by the community. Furthermore, we have heard the community ask to include these items into the single player experience for quite some time. Now players playing solo can also partake in the metas that have become popularized from the original multiplayer Ladder experience. Furthermore, single player will now also include access to the Pandemonium Event and Uber Diablo content.

To mitigate server impact and protect server stability of the game during the launch window, we plan to have Ladder rankings and listings to be implemented shortly after launch. This will enable players to have a fair chance to partake in the race that comes with the first season’s Ladder for Diablo II: Resurrected and not run into any possible launch window stability issues that could impede that experience. Once we have a more precise gauge on this front, we’ll notify the community of the exact date and time in September.

We hope this provides clarity on our intentions with the Ladder and related systems at launch. We look forward to sharing the Ladder start times with the community. Once we have it locked in, we’ll provide early enough notice so players can make the appropriate accommodations for their race to 99.

Thank you.

No Chat Or Lobbies Not Available For Console

Rod Fergusson responded to a thread on twitter making it official that chat and lobbies would not be available on the console version of Diablo II: Resurrected--at least for launch. It's still possible that these things may be added in the future.
Hey Chris, love the passion but it's not about getting enough votes. We've heard the community feedback but with four weeks till launch we're focused on stability and optimizations. No new features till after launch. Thanks. #dontshakethejello
— Rod Fergusson (@RodFergusson) August 24, 2021