Two more throwbacks have joined the Blizzard Arcade Collection anthology that launched for PC and consoles back in February. They are The Lost Vikings 2, a sequel to the side-scrolling platformer included with the collection at launch, and RPM Racing, an isometric-style truck racer similar to the also-included Rock N Roll Racing.
The new games were added to the Blizzard Arcade Collection via free update on Tuesday. Blizzard Arcade Collection, a compilation of hits from the company’s earliest days (when it was known as Silicon & Synapse, and then Chaos Studios), launched in February on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. The anthology is a celebration of the publisher/studio’s 30th anniversary.
RPM Racing, which launched for Super Nintendo in 1991, was the predecessor to Rock N Roll Racing. Blizzard made Lost Vikings 2: Norse by Norse West for SNES in 1997. Fun fact: Obsidian Entertainment chief executive Feargus Urquhart, then at Interplay Productions, was a producer on that game (Interplay published it).
Tuesday’s patch also delivers a Design Documents Gallery to Blizzard Arcade Collection’s Museum mode. A news release from Blizzard said the gallery charts the five games’ progress from concept to completion.
And, interestingly, Blizzard is also adding a “Streamer Mode” to Rock N Roll Racing that gets around the Twitch hall monitors for music rights. It allows streamers to play MIDI versions of the game’s six-song soundtrack (Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid,” while Loudmouth Larry screamed “Holy Toledo!” during a wipeout, was always a high point of the action.)
The two Lost Viking games and two racing titles are joined by Blackthorne, a 1994 SNES platformer whose cover/cartridge art was drawn by, of all people, DC Comics publisher Jim Lee.