Blizzard Celebrates 30th Anniversary With New Concept Art From One Of Its First Games

Back when Blizzard was known as Silicon & Synapse, it released a game called The Lost Vikings for SNES--see some concept art here.

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Gaming giant Blizzard Entertainment was founded 30 years ago this month, and to celebrate the birthday, the studio is looking back at its past.

The Californian studio is sharing unearthed concept art from its older games as part of the celebration. In the first piece, we get a look at The Lost Vikings, which was an early Blizzard game originally released on SNES when Blizzard was known as Silicon & Synapse. The 1991 concept art from Ron Millar shows the design of a map.

Blizzard said it will continue to release more concept art, so keep checking back for more. If you're interested in The Lost Vikings, you can play it for free on Battle.net.

Blizzard also released a sizzle reel of sorts to celebrate its birthday, which effectively doubles as an ad for the upcoming BlizzConline event which takes place next weekend. "Thank you for 30 years of memories!" the tweet says.

BlizzConline takes place February 19-20, and as its name suggests, it will be a virtual show this year. The event is entirely free to watch and there are six channels in all featuring different programming throughout the two-day event.

Blizzard is promising live and pre-recorded events where it will shed more light on the company's various games and franchises. The event kicks off on February 19 with an opening ceremony where developers will showcase a "first look" at what Blizzard's developers have been working on. The second day, February 20, will move the focus toward the Blizzard community, the developer has said.

Blizzard recently announced that Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV will not release in 2021, instead coming in 2022 at the soonest. They are two of Blizzard's most-anticipated upcoming projects and fans are no doubt hoping to hear more about them during BlizzConline.

It was recently reported that Vicarious Visions, which is now a Blizzard studio, is working on a Diablo 2 remaster. If that is indeed true, an announcement during BlizzConline might be on tap.

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