Warcraft 1 & 2 are now available via GOG.com28 Mar 2019 0
My personal ‘timeline’ when it comes to my early history as a strategy gamer is a little bit muddled. I remember playing Warcraft 1, for sure, but I also remember asking my Dad for an advance on my allowance so I could buy Warcraft II on PC when I saw it in the shop. For some reason, I have a suspicion that I played the original Warcraft AFTER Warcraft II.
Regardless, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness is one of my ‘formative’ games – the titles I played as child that shaped my interests in the years to come. The opening 3D cinematic (mind-blowing), clicking on the sheep until they blew up (hilarious), and the epic, narrative-fuelled campaigns that took you from Khaz Modan to Stormwind, and then beyond into Draenor in the Beyond the Dark Portal expansion.
It’s with great pleasure then that I get to write that, thanks to the same partnership with GOG that brought back the original Diablo, you can now purchase Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II: Battle.Net Edition via digital distribution:
- Warcraft: Orcs & Humans costs you $5.99, and has been patched to work on modern machines, and even Mac OS X.
- Warcraft II: Battle.Net Edition costs $9.99 contains the base game (Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness) and the expansion, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. This too has been updated to work on modern machines (although Mac isn’t listed this time), and like Diablo’s re-release there is also a ‘classic’ version of the game as it was in 1999 that you can play as well, which still works with Battle.Net.
- On top of this, you can buy them both together in a bundle which costs $14.99.
The past few years have seen a partial movement towards trying to revive classic RTS franchises, but it remains to be seen whether or not the audience wants brand new entries, like Age of Empires 4, or whether they’d be happy with remastered versions of the classic, like this, and the upcoming Warcraft 3 remaster.