Diablo is an action-adventure game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment in December, 1996.
Set in the Kingdom of Khanduras (located in the Diablo series world of Sanctuary), Diablo has the player take control of a lone hero as he or she battles to rid the town of Tristram of the titular Lord of Terror and his demon minions. The game was inspired by rogue games such as Moria and was initially planned to use claymation, but due to pressure from within Blizzard the game eventually ended up in 3D instead. Many of the features seen in the later games were present in Diablo I, such as several distinct classes, a multitude of skills, randomized items and dungeons, hordes of monsters, fast paced combat and multiplayer through Battle.net
Diablo was a best seller and following the first game's popularity an expansion pack, entitled Diablo: Hellfire, was released in 1997. The expansion pack was not developed by Blizzard but by Sierra Entertainment,
This was followed by a true sequel, Diablo II, in 2000.
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