The gaming world recently rejoiced when Blizzard announced the return of three beloved classics to the Battle.net platform. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Diablo and Warcraft 2. This news comes as a surprise to many fans, as these titles were previously absent from this launcher, leaving their availability limited to other platforms such as GOG.
But with Microsoft's recent acquisition of Blizzard, things seem to be taking a nostalgic turn. While these games have been available on GOG for several years, their return to Battle.net marks a significant shift. It marks a potential return to Blizzard's roots, acknowledging the legacy of these titles that shaped not only the company's identity, but the entire RTS and action RPG genre.
More importantly, it gives a whole new generation of players the opportunity to experience these timeless classics firsthand. Each game comes with its own original features and expansions, offering an authentic experience to veterans and newcomers alike.
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans throws players into the heart of the brutal conflict between humans and orcs, with two expansive campaigns and 21 maps for custom multiplayer battles. Diablo, the dungeon-crawling masterpiece, retains its three legendary character classes, 16 levels of randomly generated dungeons, and exciting multiplayer support for up to four players.
Finally, Warcraft 2, the RTS pioneer, boasts a 28-mission campaign, the fan-favorite Beyond the Dark Portal expansion, a powerful map editor, and epic 8-player online matches. This move by Blizzard is not just nostalgia. It's a strategic decision that involves a large number of potential players who may not be familiar with these classics.
Blizzard just said that they want to enable young players to remember a game that is very important in the history of video game development. With Blizzard's many modern titles, introducing new audiences to their seminal works could foster deeper brand engagement and loyalty.
A very good strategic decision by Blizzard, which is not surprising because they have been at the top for years. With the continued growth of Blizzard under Microsoft, who knows what other nostalgic surprises the future may hold for gamers.