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The original Diablo is now available on GOG.com

The original Diablo is now available on GOG.com

"Travelers looking for the authentic Diablo experience can play the game as it was in 1996, with period-appropriate 20 FPS SVGA graphics, and the ability to matchmake through the classic version of Blizzard's Battle.net online-gaming service", the game's listing reads. Then there's the updated version, which has Windows 10 compatibility and bug fixes.

Blizzard halted manufacturing of Diablo years ago, thus making it somewhat hard / expensive to find a legitimate copy of the game.

While this is technically Diablo's first disc-free release, the original Diablo did have a shareware version of the game, playable without the disc, called Diablo Spawn.

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It's a bit surprising to see Blizzard partner with GOG to re-release these classic games, as Blizzard usually opts to use its own Battle.net platform for digital distribution. Diablo Spawn was a smaller version of the game where players could access the first two areas of the dungeon. The first is almost identical to the 1996 version, complete with matchmaking provided by a classic version of Battle.net. "This has been a long time coming and we hope our players will be excited to jump back into these classic titles". So far, re-releases of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II are on the cards, though it seems the partnership could allow for other DRM free versions of Blizzard titles to be made available.

There's no release date for those titles at this point, but Blizzard says there'll be more information on that front at some point soon.