Two of Blizzard Entertainment’s seminal RTS titles, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition are available on GOG.com for the first time. GOG announced their partnership with Blizzard via a series of cryptic tweets which told their followers that “The Orcs are approaching!!” and “The Humans draw near…” before announcing that both games would be available from the platform immediately in a single bundle.
The original Warcraft: Orcs & Humans will be optimized to run on modern hardware and operating systems, running straight out of the box without players needing to fiddle around with tweaks to settings files. The second game also comes with new support for higher resolutions as well as both Tides of Darkness and Beyond The Dark Portal expansion packs, not to mention the ability to support multiplayer via LAN. Essentially for the first time in over a decade and a half players will be able to actually throw Blizzard-themed LAN parties, and enjoy both entries in the classic RTS series together for the first time since 1999.
As if LAN parties alone weren’t enough to excite the appetite of many of the games’ fans Warcraft II will also feature a ‘classic’ mode which features SVGA graphics and even supports multiplayer through the classic UI for the original Battle.net online gaming service. Both games are available right now at GOG and only cost $14.99 for two classic RTS titles which set a number of standard in the genre. (The bundle will cost €13.29 in Europe and £11.29 in the UK.) You can also buy the games separately, costing you $5.99 for Warcraft and $9.99 for Warcraft II (€5.29 and €8.89 in Europe, £4.59 and £7.59 in the UK respectively).
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