Blizzard is gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the original Diablo. Look for Diablo-themed tributes across their games, including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone.
Diablo Turns 20
The original Diablo was released for PC on December 31, 1996. In the coming years, it was also released on Mac and PlayStation, and would go on to sell over 2.5 million copies, according to a 2001 press release. It was one of the major building blocks in Blizzard’s ascent to the throne of strategic, real-time multiplayer video games.
To celebrate this milestone, the team at Blizzard is paying tribute to the Diablo franchise with limited-time in-game events and items across their range of titles. This will include StarCraft II, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and, of course, Diablo III.
Special In-Game Events
Diablo III will be hosting a special tribute to the original descent into the depths beneath Tristram. The developers will open up a re-imagined version of the original cathedral, with special items from the original game.
Heroes of the Storm will have a special Lord of Terror-themed portrait, available as a reward for performance in the upcoming weekly Brawl. Meanwhile, Hearthstone will host a hooded wanderer with a special deck of cards and a past shrouded in mystery.
Overwatch is getting a special themed player icon, and themed spray skins that pay homage to some of the attack animations throughout the anniversary series. StarCraft II players can utilize a Lord of Terror worker portrait, to celebrate the 20th anniversary.
Their description of the events that will take place in World of Warcraft is a bit cryptic, but it sounds like there will be a cross-over event, with creatures from Sanctuary making an appearance in Azeroth.
Stay tuned to see exactly what the celebration has in store for all of Blizzard’s fans and players.