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Warcraft and Warcraft 2 are available now on GOG

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More of Blizzard's fabled back catalogue has arrived on the GOG store. The original WarCraft and WarCraft 2, including their Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal expansions, are now available. The original Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is available for $5.99, and Warcraft 2 is $9.99. You can save a buck by purchasing both in a $14.99 bundle.

According to GOG "the version of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans available on GOG.COM (opens in new tab) has been fully optimized to run out-of-the-box on today’s operating systems. 

"Players who purchase Warcraft II through GOG.COM will get two versions: one that’s been updated with support for high-resolution displays and multiplayer via LAN connections; and a period-appropriate classic version that includes the original SVGA graphics, and matchmaking through the classic version of the Battle.net (opens in new tab) online-gaming service."

GOG recently re-released Diablo 1 (opens in new tab) on Blizzard's behalf with similar compatibility updates. Meanwhile Blizzard is working on a proper remaster of Warcraft 3 (opens in new tab) with fresh graphics. That's due out at some point this year. 

It's quite fashionable to repurpose old RTS games at the moment. Last year Age of Empires received similar treatment (opens in new tab). Age of Empires 4 is in development at Relic (opens in new tab) Entertainment; I wonder if Blizzard is contemplating a new full-fat Warcraft game.

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.