Diablo is Resurrected by GOG, With Warcraft Re-Releases in the Future

Diablo is Resurrected by GOG, With Warcraft Re-Releases in the Future

Blizzard Entertainment and GOG bring a classic to the retro-themed storefront.

Blizzard Entertainment announced today the the first Diablo, originally released back in 1996, is coming to GOG.com. That's right, you'll be able to play a Blizzard PC game on something other than the current Battle.net launcher.

Players who pick up the game on GOG.com have two options. There's the original version of the game, complete with 20 FPS SVGA graphics and matchmaking through the first version of Blizzard's Battle.net online service. You can also choose to launch an updated release of Diablo, with Windows 10 compatibility and some bug fixes.

"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 Blizzard Entertainment vice president Rob Bridenbecker. "This has been a long time coming and we hope our players will be excited to jump back into these classic titles."

Blizzard is also planning to bring the original releases of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II to GOG.com in the future. There's no firm release date for either game. Starcraft Remastered is already available on Battle.net, and the original is downloadable for free.

If you're a big Diablo fanatic, this is going to be your only fix in the immediate future, unless you're picking up Diablo Immortal on mobile. Diablo 4 is coming at some point, but the project has been rebooted previously and has no firm release date. Blizzard took its lumps at Blizzcon for showing off Diablo Immortal and not officially announcing Diablo 3.

This release follows recent layoffs at GOG.com. A dozen staff members were let go in a recent restructuring.

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Mike Williams

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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