Blizzard’s beginnings date back as far as 30 years ago, when some developers decided to create a video game studio. At the time it wasn’t even called Blizzard but Silicon & Synapse, founded by Michael Morhaim, Allen Adham and Frank Pearce right after they graduated. Before becoming one of the main gaming companies for PC, S&S aimed at consoles with its first titles, released in 1993: Rock N Roll Racing, The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne. In 1994 it became the Blizzard Entertainment we all know today and became world famous with the first PC game: “Warcraft: Orcs & Humans”.
Today, those first three video games produced at Blizzard’s dawn are making a comeback with the best version of The Lost Vikings (whose protagonists have over time become a playable character on Heroes of the Storm), Rock N Roll Racing and Blackthorne, available on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In particular on PC they are part of the Blizzard Arcade Collection, included in the Celebration Collection, a celebratory package of items from Blizzard games released earlier this month to celebrate the company’s 30th anniversary. Players who have already purchased it will receive the Blizzard Arcade Collection automatically.
If today Blizzard and World of Warcraft, undoubtedly the top and best known title in the world, are reality is why at the time those three video games made it clear to the founders of the company that there could be a real future in the industry: “The Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing and Blackthorne basically allowed us to create Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft, so we thought the Blizzard Arcade Collection would be the funniest and most fun way to revisit our society’s roots. . Many Blizzard players around the world fondly remember the time spent watching these games and have often asked us to bring them back to life for modern platforms, so we’re thrilled not only to bring this version to them, but also to expand their experience with new features and functionalities available for the first time. ” – J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment
Each element of the Blizzard Arcade Collection highlights the focus on fun, to the personality and details found in all Blizzard games. The games are all challenging and addicting, and offer a preview of what would evolve in Blizzard’s signature approach – creating rewarding gameplay, colorful designs and a strong humor tone. But what were these games about?
In The Lost Vikings, players take on the role of Baleog the Fierce, Erik the Swift and Olaf the Sturdy, three intrepid Vikings who must use their unique skills as they work together to solve hundreds of puzzles, defeat enemies, and find their way home. The Lost Vikings Definitive Edition brings together all the best aspects of the original console versions of the game, combining the audio and visual experience of the first release with extra levels and cutscenes, and support for up to three players in co-op play in locale, functions that were added in later versions.
With a series of explosive circuits and an epic rock and metal soundtrack, Rock N Roll Racing puts players behind the wheel in an over-the-top racing and demolition experience. Players choose from various drivers with different talents and a range of customizable cars, each featuring an upgradeable arsenal designed to outsmart and (literally) destroy opponents. In the Definitive Edition, environmental effects have been added, such as snow or rain, and up to four players (not just two as in the Original Edition) can compete in local multiplayer. In addition, other racing circuits have been added for a total of 384 variants, support for resolution in 16: 9, recordings of the songs that were part of the original soundtrack of the game, new songs and the new voiceover of “Loudmouth Larry “.
Blackthorne tells the story of Kyle “Blackthorne” Vlaros, a deadly soldier with brute strength, animal cunning, a mysterious past, and an increasingly powerful rifle. As the eponymous protagonist, players fight to fulfill their destiny as they make their way through a futuristic 2D alien world filled with mutant monsters and hordes of goblins, in a dogged effort to free their people. The Definitive Edition includes an additional area to explore, which was previously only available in the 32-bit version of Blackthorne, and a “fog of war” map that is revealed as players explore each level.
“The Definitive Editions also make The Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing and Blackthorne available to a wider global audience than ever before, offering for the first time ever players around the world to play these Blizzard milestones in Italian. , Korean, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese, in addition to the versions already available previously: French, German, Japanese and European Spanish. “ In short, an ancient and at the same time contemporary entertainment open to all.