The very first chapter of the Diablo franchise was developed back in 1996 and, if you’re yearning for some of that pixelated goodness still while trying to grasp on whether Diablo 4 is actually under development or not, you might find it nice to pass the time playing the original version.
In case you were too young when the first Diablo game out or if you were not interested in it at the time, the game allows the players to battle through 16 randomly generated dungeons before reaching hell, where they take on big boss Diablo himself. All the moving and attacking is done via the mouse which is the cherry on top that contributes to that retro nostalgia.
Developer Rivsoft now allows anyone to try out the game in their own browser.
The game is based on the title’s source code (including all the bugs, glitches and “badly written code”). It was reconstructed by GalaXyHaXz and the Devilution team and can be grabbed via GitHub. The Shareware option will only allow you to access the Warrior class character, limited dungeon access and will also not let you talk with a number of the game’s characters.
However, if you happen to own the files for the full game, which was released via GOG back in March, you’ll only have to drag and drop DIABDAT.MPQ to get full access. You can purchase the game on GOG for about $10 or so, depending where in the world you are.
“Crawling through the original Diablo’s dungeons, together with Blizzard, is a feeling of pure excitement,” GOG SVP Oleg Klapovsky has said of the re-release back in March, in a press release. “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.”
However, the project, having not been authorized or recognized by Blizzard might face some adversity from the company in the near future, but that remains to be seen. Blizzard might just decide it’s as good of a way to still promote the game and allow them to continue with it.
The company announced Diablo Immortal for mobile during BlizzCon, causing a bit of a stir among the fans as many of them are still looking forward to remasters of Diablo and Diablo II and took it as a sign those might be in the works in the near future. Blizzard has not given any solid hints in that direction but fingers crossed.