In August 1996, Blizzard was hard at work developing Diablo. For promotional purposes, they produced a build to be distributed as shareware called the Pre-Release Demo. Blizzard intended this build to be locked down: players would be restricted to the Warrior class and the first level of the cathedral.
It is well known that these restrictions are easy to bypass. Doing so gives access to a snapshot of the entire game as it existed four months before launch.
However, there are two problems playing with the limitations removed:
This mod aims to tackle both these issues while maintaining the spirit of the PR Demo. If it ain't broke then we won't fix it. If something stops the player from getting to level 16 then we will analyze and address.
Bugs are expected since, in August 1996, the game was actively under development. These bugs are left in to be faithful to the state of the game as it was being developed.
This mod of the Diablo Pre-Release Demo has been a few months in the works already. Most of the development happens on our GitLab and discussion on Discord. However, to reach a wider audience and provide wider availability, I thought it only makes sense to submit it to the best darn mod site out there.
I'm looking forward to the new opportunities that this opens up for this mod!
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Pre-ablo v0.4.6 adds a bunch of small fixes to further improve the Pre-Release Demo experience.
A small change to enable a cut monster type: the Incinerator.
A small fix to a broken warrior death animation (unarmed with shield).
Pre-ablo v0.4.3 contains a small change to the old_drlg patch to make it more playable. Other patches are not affected.
Pre-ablo v0.4.2 contains README changes for running under Linux with Wine. There are no additional gameplay fixes compared to v0.4.1
Pre-ablo release v0.4.1 contains only minor adjustments without any gameplay fixes
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