The date? December 31, 1996. The place? Northern California. Blizzard North has just officially put the wraps on Diablo, an action role-playing game. Long story short, the gaming world as it existed would no longer be the same. The very first Diablo game simultaneously mutated, redefined, and created its own genre. No one knew what would come after, but with the advantage of being able to look back 20 years now to that fateful day, it’s fair to say that the legacy and importance of Diablo will be everlasting.
Yes, 20 years later we have seen two sequels added to the franchise; we have seen millions upon millions of players hack and slash their way through billions, if not trillions, of monsters; and we have found ALL the loot. It has been an amazing journey, whether you were playing on that first day (or more likely in January 1997) or if you just picked up Reaper of Souls over the last week. You are all part of a very special thing in Diablo and from all of us here at BlizzPro, as well as from all of the fine folks at Blizzard Entertainment in the video below, we thank you for being such amazing fans of this franchise. Let’s hope that the next 20 years will continue to grow the legacy of Diablo.