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Diablo: Hellfire

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An expansion pack, entitled Diablo: Hellfire, was released in by Sierra Entertainment.
Diablo: Hellfire is the expansion pack for the video game Diablo, developed by Synergistic Software, a Sierra division, and published by Sierra On-Line in 1997.

Diablo II

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The game's success led to two sequels, Diablo II in 2000, and Diablo III in 2012.
Building on the success of its predecessor Diablo (1996), Diablo II was one of the most popular games of 2000.

Blizzard North

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Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996. Diablo was conceived by David Brevik during the development of the fighting game Justice League Task Force (1995), developed by Japanese studio Sunsoft with two American studios, Condor Games (later Blizzard North) on the Sega Genesis version and Silicon & Synapse (soon renamed Blizzard Entertainment) on the SNES version.
The company was purchased and renamed as Blizzard North by Blizzard Entertainment's former owner Davidson & Associates about nine months before the release of their hit PC game Diablo in 1996.

Battle.net

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Players can connect by one of the following: direct connection, modem connection, Battle.net connection or IPX network connection.
Battle.net was launched on December 31, 1996, with the release of Blizzard's action-role-playing video game Diablo.

Diablo III

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The game's success led to two sequels, Diablo II in 2000, and Diablo III in 2012.
Much like in Diablo and Diablo II, the quality and attributes of equipment are randomized.

Blizzard Entertainment

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Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996. Diablo was conceived by David Brevik during the development of the fighting game Justice League Task Force (1995), developed by Japanese studio Sunsoft with two American studios, Condor Games (later Blizzard North) on the Sega Genesis version and Silicon & Synapse (soon renamed Blizzard Entertainment) on the SNES version.
In 1996, Blizzard acquired Condor Games, which had been working on the game Diablo for Blizzard at the time.

David Brevik

Diablo was conceived by David Brevik during the development of the fighting game Justice League Task Force (1995), developed by Japanese studio Sunsoft with two American studios, Condor Games (later Blizzard North) on the Sega Genesis version and Silicon & Synapse (soon renamed Blizzard Entertainment) on the SNES version.
He is best known for the critically acclaimed Diablo franchise.

Role-playing video game

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Condor's proposal for Diablo, then a turn-based role-playing video game, was turned down by other publishers on the grounds that "RPGs are dead" before Blizzard took an interest after the idea was pitched to them in January 1995.
Some games such as NetHack, Diablo, and the FATE series randomize the structure of individual levels, increasing the game's variety and replayability.

Climax Studios

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This version featured direct control of the main character using the PlayStation controller and was developed by Climax Studios.
Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, along with its official expansion pack Beyond the Dark Portal, was released for the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn as Warcraft II: The Dark Saga in 1997, a PlayStation port of Diablo followed in 1998.

Sierra Entertainment

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An expansion pack, entitled Diablo: Hellfire, was released in by Sierra Entertainment.
On November 24, 1997, Sierra published Diablo: Hellfire, the official expansion pack for the widely popular game Diablo.

Action role-playing game

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Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996.
In 1996 Blizzard's Diablo was released and became massively successful.

Roguelike

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The basis of Diablo was the 1980s roguelike game Moria; Bill Roper later said that the team's "initial pitch, in a nutshell, was to take the excitement and randomness of games like Moria, Nethack, and Rogue, and bring them into the 1990s with fantastic graphics and sound".
Other games, like Diablo and UnReal World, key titles in the action role-playing and the survival game genres respectively, took inspiration from roguelikes.

Moria (video game)

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The basis of Diablo was the 1980s roguelike game Moria; Bill Roper later said that the team's "initial pitch, in a nutshell, was to take the excitement and randomness of games like Moria, Nethack, and Rogue, and bring them into the 1990s with fantastic graphics and sound".
This game influenced the preliminary design of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo.

Spawn installation

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Diablo normally requires the original CD to play, however also included on the disk is a shareware version of the software that could be played without the CD called Diablo Spawn.
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Matt Uelmen

The music of Diablo was composed by Matt Uelmen.
On December 31, 1996, Blizzard released their first game of the company's successful series, Diablo.

Diablo II: Lord of Destruction

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The Diablo: Battle Chest (2001) contained Diablo, Diablo II and Diablo IIs expansion, Lord of Destruction.
Unlike the original Diablos expansion pack, Diablo: Hellfire, it is a first-party expansion developed by Blizzard North.

Diablo (series)

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The series is made up of three core games: Diablo, Diablo II, and Diablo III.

StarCraft

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1998's Blizzard's Game of the Year Collection contained copies of Diablo, StarCraft and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.
Blizzard Entertainment began planning development on StarCraft in 1995, shortly after the beginning of development for Diablo.

Chris Metzen

In 1996, Blizzard Entertainment launched its second major franchise with the role-playing game Diablo.

The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

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While it was nominated for Computer Gaming Worlds "Role-Playing Game of the Year" award, the publication gave the honor to The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall.
It was also nominated as the year's best CRPG by GameSpot and Computer Games Strategy Plus, but lost both awards to Diablo.

Bill Roper (video game producer)

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Diablo (1996) - Producer, Voice Production, Casting & Directing, Story, Voiceover, Documentation, Strike Team

Hack and slash

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Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996.

Video game

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Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996.

Software developer

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Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 1996.

Electronic Arts

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In 1998, Electronic Arts released Diablo for the PlayStation.