Blizzard Arcade Collection arrives today on PS4 and PS5

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Blizzard Arcade Collection arrives today on PS4 and PS5

The Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing, and Blackthorne make their return in a new bundle revealed at BlizzConline.

In the early 90s, times were simpler. The internet was a baby. Phones were only used for phone calls. “Cutting-edge graphics” meant “256 colors.” And back then, a little company that called itself Silicon & Synapse came together around the simple idea of making the types of games that the people at the company liked to play.

With that as a mantra, that small group of developers, over the span of just a few years, went about creating a string of games that ended up being pretty popular with players and critics alike. Those games were The Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing, and Blackthorne.

Today, we call ourselves Blizzard Entertainment and, in celebration of our 30th anniversary, we’re re-releasing those three original games for PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 through backwards compatibility—updated with the sort of modern conveniences, like rewinding and saving, that weren’t available back in the days of yore.

We’re calling this epic little bundle the Blizzard Arcade Collection, and if you pick it up on the PlayStation Store as a standalone pack or as part of The Blizzard 30-Year Celebration Collection (which offers a sweet set of in-game goodies for Overwatch and Diablo III), you’ll be treated to an early and highly entertaining look at the colorful design, satisfying gameplay, and tongue-in-cheek humor that would soon evolve into our signature style of development  and come to life in the games of the Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft universes and more!

Blizzard Arcade Collection arrives today on PS4 and PS5

What are these classic games of which you speak?

In The Lost Vikings, you (and a friend or two, if you like) assume the roles of Erik the Swift, Olaf the Stout, and Baelog the Fierce, three intrepid Vikings who must use their different abilities cooperatively (ring a bell, Overwatch players?) to solve hundreds of puzzles, evade their captor—the vile Tomator, defeat their enemies, and navigate a treacherous voyage back home.

Originally released in 1993, The Lost Vikings highlights the creative ability-based teamwork that would resonate not just in Overwatch but in Blizzard’s overall approach to co-op multiplayer game design—seen today in everything from Heroes of the Storm (of course, considering it features the Lost Vikings as a playable Hero), to World of Warcraft, to Diablo III and more.

Also originally released in 1993, Rock N Roll Racing puts you (and a friend or two or three, if you like) behind the wheel in an over-the-top demolition-racing experience. Each player chooses from a selection of drivers with different talents and takes their pick from a set of customizable cars—each equipped with an upgradeable arsenal designed to help them outmaneuver, and literally destroy, the competition as they navigate around a series of booby-trapped racetracks while rocking out to an epic rock-and-metal soundtrack.

With its boisterous announcer (the one-of-a-kind Larry “Supermouth” Huffman, who supplied additional voiceovers for this release) and gladiatorial-style racing action, Rock N Roll Racing is an unabashed throwback to an earlier era in gaming that feels as relevant and compelling today as it did nearly 30 years ago—if for no other reason than that it’s Blizzard’s very first game to feature an orc, which would go on to become one of the central races in the Warcraft universe (+5 trivia points!).

Blackthorne centers on the story of Kyle “Blackthorne” Vlaros, a lethal commando equipped with brute strength, animal cunning, a glorious mane, a mysterious past—and an increasingly powerful shotgun. As the eponymous lead character, you must fight to claim your destiny, dodging and blasting your way through a futuristic 2D alien world overrun by mutant monsters and goblin hordes, in a fierce effort to liberate its people.

When it was first released in September 1994, Blackthorne won praise for its dark tone, detailed graphics, smooth action, and sophisticated gameplay, including the hero’s ability to “no-look” fire at enemies behind him. Blackthorne would be ported to PC a few months later, technically making it the first PC-game release developed by Blizzard (Blizzard separately established itself as a formal publishing label with Warcraft: Orcs & Humans® in November of 1994).

Original Editions AND Definitive Editions? Go on . . .

All three games in the Blizzard Arcade Collection come in their Original Editions and also upgraded Definitive Editions. Custom button mapping and the ability to rewind play up to 10 seconds is available across both the Original and Definitive Editions of each game. Each version of the games, with the exception of the Definitive Edition of Rock N Roll Racing, also includes the ability to save progress anywhere.

One standout feature unique to the Original Editions of The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne is “watch mode,” which lets you watch a playthrough of the game and jump in to take control at any point.

Beyond that, the Definitive Editions of each game take the experience even further. The Definitive Edition of The Lost Vikings brings together the best aspects of the different original console versions of the game, combining the superior audio and visual experience of the first release with the extra stages and cutscenes, and support for up to three players in local co-op, that were added in a subsequent version.

The Definitive Edition of Rock N Roll Racing adds environmental effects, such as snow and rain, and lets up to four players, compared to two in the Original Edition, compete in local multiplayer. It also ups the racetrack count to 384 variations, supports 16:9 resolution, and adds actual recordings of songs from the game’s classic soundtrack—as well as new songs and new “Loudmouth Larry” voiceover clips for players to tear up the tracks to.

Taking a cue from Blizzard’s real-time strategy games, the Definitive Edition of Blackthorne includes a “fog of war” map that uncovers as players explore each level, adding an even greater sense of suspense and achievement to Blackthorne’s adventure. 

Rounding things out, the Blizzard Arcade Collection contains a packed digital Museum with a bunch of great bonus materials, including game art, development assets, unused content, lore, developer interviews, and more.

Nostalgia, refined

Whether you’re a Blizzard-gaming veteran or just looking for a quick and compelling blast of fun, the Blizzard Arcade Collection provides three distinct and flavorful 90s console classics that have been long overdue for another look.

Pick it up today at PlayStation Store—or if you’re an Overwatch or Diablo III player on PlayStation, The Blizzard 30-Year Celebration Collection might just be the best way to go, as it’ll net you the Blizzard Arcade Collection along with a bounty of in-game bonuses for both games, including a pet, transmog set, and wings for Diablo III as well as a legendary Reinhardt skin, a commemorative spray and icon, and Classic and Golden Loot Boxes for Overwatch.

Whichever path to the past you choose, we think you’ll love what you find when you get there!

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  • But the Carnage begin😎

    • Trophies are there, but they don’t exist correctly on the server. So they will display as unlocked on your PS but will not sync or display on any tracking site such as TT at the moment.

      Hopefully it gets fixed soon.

  • Picking it up entirely for Lost Vikings, A hugely welcome surprise, if you guys read this stuff, and are thinking of releasing a vol.2 down the line please include Lost Vikings 2! One of my favourite ever games personally

    • *update* bought it, installed it, but not seeing any trophies attached, this intentional?

    • Games gotta have trophies I think, Sony rules, so they are probably just late with the list :)

    • There’s a trophy list somewhere in the background. I imagine we can view it properly after the next update.

      The only way I have found to view the trophies is to unlock one, then hit the PlayStation button once it pops. You will get an error, and then be able to view the trophies from your PS4.

      The list is there and the trophies work once the requirements are met. They take a few minutes to pop, but I got all the rock and roll racing ones and one for Blackthorn just fine.

  • I would love to see D2 come to Ps5
    I do mean Diablo 2

  • Awesome, played The Lost Vikings with my brother and cousins in 1993, was 9 years back then. This will be nice nostalgia :)

  • Okay, so turns out, I HAVE actually played a Blizzard game in my life and it was Rock n Roll Racing on the Mega Drive. And I learned something today. Shame about the next 30 years were they focused too much on that one orc character from that game lol.

  • I played the CRAP out of Rock N Roll Racing back in the 90s on Genesis, and I always wanted to play Lost Vikings. I’m in!

    • I would be nice if these articles gave direct links to the game(s) in question. The web version of the PlayStation store isn’t the easiest thing to navigate.

  • I played the crap out of rock and roll racing when I was younger and somehow the muscle memory was still there along with my hunger for a battle racer LOL what a great remaster too withthe option to play Both of the Legacy versions.

    I also played through the Lost Vikings with a friend when I was younger. Fond memories but I doubt the muscle memory will be there for this one LOL

    And I always wanted to play Blackthorne so I fired that up tonight. Was glad to see it was not $40, and with only 20. Take my money!

  • These were never in any arcade! why then are they called arcade games?

  • This is cool! I remember playing back in the days :) awesome it will be for PS5 this will be a buy for me for sure

    • Your mistaken, Arcades were full of arcade games these were never released in any arcade ever so it’s a phrase that company’s use to try and appeal to people who never experienced arcades as they were and sell inferior arcade clones and make money on the back of real arcade games. So no they are not.

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  • After playing only playstations since 1996 Im switching this year to XBOX series X just for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.

  • I am interested in this, but Activision isn’t getting any of my money, so I’ll pass.

  • Your mistaken, Arcades were full of arcade games these were never released in any arcade ever so it’s a phrase that company’s use to try and appeal to people who never experienced arcades as they were and sell inferior arcade clones and make money on the back of real arcade games. So no they are not.

  • Lost Vikings: Great!!

  • I played so much Rock N Roll Racing when I was younger so I’m getting this for sure. Looking forward to playing those other two games for the first time.

  • Was problem solved? error 37073-0. There isn’t a list in servers, just in game.

  • #Sony, where are trophies??? We want our trophies in servers!!!

  • Bring it on

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