Inexplicably, the very first Diablo game is now up on GOG.com. This also marks the first time the original 1996 release is available to buy digitally and as of this writing, is exclusively on GOG and no where else.
— Diablo (@Diablo) March 7, 2019
The game has been retrofitted to play on Windows 7, 8, and 10, and numerous bugs that persisted all this time have been fixed. But if you’re looking for that old-school Diablo feel, you can play the game as if it just released in 1996, 20fps, and that classic Battle.net matchmaking. Other than the aforementioned updates, don’t expect Diablo to have any more major changes.
The launch of Diabo on GOG marks the beginning of a partnership between the digital retailer and Blizzard Entertainment, and apparently, we’re in for more classic titles. The next Blizzard stalwart that is scheduled to be released on GOG is Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, followed by Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, although their was no time frame given for either titles.
This new partnership opens up brand new avenues and alleyways for the retailer. Blizzard has always been famously staunch in their stance to having their own IP’s available exclusively on their own launcher. This enforced the companies ideas that their video games were part of a special group that no other community could make a claim on. To see Blizzard go outside of the box and allow some of their games, old or new, to be published by another company is something we never expected to see.
Diablo is now available at GOG.com for $9.99