Blizzard and GOG are teaming up to deliver PC gamers some classic goodness. Via this partnership, select classic Blizzard games will be coming to the GOG platform. First up? The classic 1996 action RPG Diablo. The version will feature the period-appropriate 20 FPS SVGA graphics and take advantage of matchmaking through Battle.net.
"We were bummed that these iconic games weren’t available to our players, so we‘re very happy to work with the crew at GOG.COM to rectify that,” said Rob Bridenbecker, Vice President and Executive Producer, Blizzard Entertainment, in the press release. “This has been a long time coming and we hope our players will be excited to jump back into these classic titles."
This release of Diablo will maintain everything gamers know and love, but also features an updated version with out-of-the-box Windows 10 compatibility and a few bug fixes. From the game's launcher, players will be able to choose from either version. This will allow enthusiasts to play the game they know and love while also welcoming new players that want to explore this classic with a few updates.
"Crawling through the original Diablo's dungeons, together with Blizzard, is a feeling of pure excitement," said Oleg Klapovsky, SVP at GOG. "It's a personal thing for many of us, and the most wished-for game in our community. Taking the first few steps beneath the Tristram Cathedral, listening to the guidance of Cain the Elder—it's all coming back, for old souls and newcomers alike.”
GOG is the digital PC gaming platform owned by CD Projekt Red. It features a curated selection of games and a focus on a "you buy it, you own it" philosophy. In addition to Diablo, GOG will be home to a re-release of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft 2. Diablo is available right now on GOG for $9.99. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional gaming and tech updates.