Blizzard’s beloved franchise finally goes back to its roots, quite literally. Warcraft and Warcraft II are finally available for newer systems via GOG!
While they are nothing like the remasters fans have been asking for, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and Warcraft II: Battle.NET Edition, will let players experience the classic real-time strategy titles all over again; and for the first time since Orcs & Humans released in 1994.
Blizzard states that the games have been “fully optimised to run out-of-the-box on today’s operating systems”. This means that players who may be familiar with Blizzard’s hit massively multiplayer online (MMO), World of Warcraft, but not the strategy game that birthed it, can finally see what the fuss is all about!
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans is the game that inspired the recent Warcraft film. It takes place in Azeroth, where human and orc factions battle for supremacy after Orcs were forced to leave their homelands in search for fertile grounds. You can grab it on GOG for just $6 USD, and is available on both MacOS and Microsoft Windows.
Warcraft II released merely a year after the first. The new GOG version, Warcraft II: Battle.NET Edition, includes both the original game, Tides of Darkness, as well as its expansion, Beyond the Dark Portal. In the sequel, Blizzard has added naval combat and new races to the mix. Warcraft II: Battle.NET Edition costs $10 USD, and is available on Microsoft Windows alone. When players buy it, they will notice that their purchase includes two versions of the game: “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”.
Players who would rather just get both games in a single purchase can get the bundle for the cool, perfectly added up price of just $15 USD.
All games sold via GOG do not come with Digital Rights Management baked into the code. As such, you can expect both Warcraft and Warcraft II to be DRM free.
[Sources: Engadget, Eurogamer, Geek Tyrant, GOG(1)(2)(3), Polygon, YouTube(1)(2)]
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