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Blizzard Arcade Collection Revealed at BlizzConline

Blizzard Arcade Collection bundles three ancient Blizzard games into one package.
Blizzard Arcade Collection bundles three ancient Blizzard games into one package. | Photo courtesy of Blizzard, via DBLTAP

Blizzard announced the Blizzard Arcade Collection on Friday, bringing three of Blizzard's oldest games back from the dead zone of history and reviving them for modern consoles.

The collection includes Lost Vikings 1, Rock & Roll Racing and Blackthorne, and has already been made available to fans who purchased the Celebration Collection ahead of BlizzConline. Blizzard president J. Allen Brack revealed the game during the event's opening ceremony.

The Lost Vikings is a puzzle-platformer first released on SNES and Amiga in 1993, back when Blizzard was known as Silicon & Synapse. Rock & Roll Racing launched that same year for the SNES as a racing game featuring chiptune versions of heavy metal songs. Blackthorne came out a year later for SNES and DOS as a side-scrolling platformer.

Blizzard Arcade Collection will offer both the original editions of these games and new and improved definitive editions. The definitive editions add modern improvements such as save and load functionality, updated graphics, multiplayer, and localization for 13 languages.

One of the more interesting new features is a Watch Mode, which allows players to watch a playthrough of The Lost Vikings or Blackthorne and jump in to take control at any point. Hardcore Blizzard fans will also enjoy a digital museum of game art, development assets, and more.

Blizzard Arcade Collection is also available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, where it will cost $20.