It’s not easy to play the original Diablo without purchasing a physical copy. Starting today, though, you can buy Blizzard’s classic role-playing game digitally via GOG – and it’s getting some improvements.
Blizzard revealed plans to spruce up and re-release classic games from its vault, starting today with Diablo for $9.99, the classic hack ‘n’ slash RPG that originally launched on PC in 1996.
Two versions of the game are available for Windows via GOG: the Battle.net Edition is a vanilla build that supports Battle.net multiplayer. The GOG-Enhanced Edition fixes a few bugs, is fully Windows 10 compatible, and adds some light graphical up-scaling.
“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,” says Rob Bridenbecker, VP and executive producer at Blizzard Entertainment.
Diablo is just the first title to get a re-release out of the Blizzard-GOG contract. The publisher confirms that Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II re-releases are in the works and says to expect more information soon.
“Crawling through the original Diablo’s dungeons, together with Blizzard, is a feeling of pure excitement,” says 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.”