The Original ‘Diablo’ Is Available Digitally, For The First Time, Right Now
As brought to our attention by Eurogamer, the original Diablo is available right now, digitally, via GOG. This is the first time that the game has been made available digitally, since its 1996 release.
Diablo - developed by Blizzard North as a PC release before being ported to Mac and PlayStation in 1998 - is on sale for £7.89. It is, obviously, the first game in the Diablo series, and received widespread critical acclaim in the 1990s. Game Informer ranked it as the 20th greatest RPG of all time in its top 100, published in early 2018.
The GOG page for Diablo describes the experience thusly...
"Darkness stirs beneath Tristram. An ancient evil sweeps across the land, plunging it into civil war and terrorizing the populace. A mad king, his missing son, and a mysterious archbishop are all pieces of the puzzle you need to hack through.
"You have journeyed to the source of this evil. The town of Tristram - now inhabited only by a handful of survivors, broken and twisted by the madness that has befallen them. A cathedral stands there, built over the ruins of an ancient monastery. Eerie lights and ungodly sounds are heard echoing through its abandoned halls, and that is where you shall venture."
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Watch the trailer for the game, above.
The original Diablo received a revival, of sorts, on its 20th anniversary, when 'The Darkening of Tristram' patch was added to Diablo III, bringing with it four bosses from the first game, a 16-level dungeon, and a raft of graphical settings to make everything look, well, older.
As Eurogamer reports, senior staff writer Robert Purchese having gone hands-on with the not-so-new Diablo, the game that GOG is offering is actually available two ways. One is what you had in 1996, with multiplayer functionality facilitated by Battle.net; while the other is optimised for Windows 10. This latter, 'DX' version doesn't work with Battle.net, instead offering DirectIP multiplayer, and a wealth of other features to suit modern PCs, like 4K and 8K support.
A multi-award-winner back in its day, Diablo kick-started one of Blizzard's most valuable franchises - a franchise that has, to date, sold in excess of 24 million units across three core games. The latest, Diablo III, released in 2012, but received its latest port, to Nintendo Switch, as recently as November 2018.
The Diablo series is set to receive a fourth main game in the future - but before that comes the mobile-only Diablo Immortal, which didn't receive the most positive of receptions when it was debuted at 2018's BlizzCon, in California.
Diablo is (or, was) "the most-voted game on the GOG.com wishlist," according to its page on the store. And now, it's yours all over again, "trapped in a DRM-free soulstone". Nice one, everyone involved. Head to said page to get the complete lowdown on what Diablo has to offer in 2019.
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