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Blizzard rereleases the original Diablo on PC

The original Diablo is the first reissue to come from a new partnership between Blizzard and GOG.com.

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The original Diablo is the first reissue to come from a new partnership between Blizzard and GOG.com.

The iconic 1996 action RPG, Diablo, is now available on PC as an official digital download for the first time. The game is the first in a range of classic Blizzard titles to be reissued exclusively via digital retailer, GOG.com.

Blizzard say the rerelease of Diablo is as authentic as possible, with ‘period-appropriate 20 FPS SVGA graphics’ and matchmaking handled by a classic version of Battle.net.

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The launcher also includes an optimised Windows 10 version of the game that has been updated by a host of bug fixes, and supports high-resolution displays via aspect ratio-correct upscaling.

In a press statement, Rob Bridenbecker, VP and producer at Blizzard, said:

“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. This has been a long time coming and we hope our players will be excited to jump back into these classic titles.”

Not wanting to be left out, GOG’s Oleg Klapovsky added:

“Crawling through the original Diablo‘s dungeons, together with Blizzard, is a feeling of pure excitement. 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.”

Diablo is available now via GOG.com for $9.99/£7.89. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and Warcraft II are both set to follow later this year.

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