Blizzard has announced that the original Diablo is now available via digitial distribution for the first time. In a press release earlier today, the developer revealed that the classic ARPG can be purchased on GOG for just $9.99.
Diablo first released in 1996, and Blizzard say that the GOG experience will remain faithful to the original release, with traditional graphics and classic Battle.Net matchmaking, but if you’d rather a slightly updated experience, you’re still covered. Blizzard says its collaborated with GOG on an updated version, which comes with Windows 10 compatibility, although won’t connect to Battle.Net (but you’ll still be able to play in multiplayer via LAN or P2P connections).
The re-release of the original Diablo is only the first in a string of Blizzard titles heading to GOG. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is also heading to the platform, alongside its sequel, Warcraft II. There’s no release date for those titles at this point, but Blizzard says there’ll be more information on that front at some point soon.
Those are likely to be the only Blizzard games to come to the platform, as remastered versions of Warcraft III and StarCraft are both available on Blizzard’s own launcher. That said, there’s no sign of Diablo II. The 2000 sequel isn’t available on Battle.Net, but there’s no mention of it in the aforementioned press release.
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Given that we’ll be waiting a while for Diablo 4, however, the re-release is likely to help tide over the series’ fans. Assuming you’re not a planning to get hold of Diablo: Immortal, this is likely to be your only opportunity for a ‘new’ trip to Sanctuary for a while.
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