'Diablo II' News: 16-year old game gets update for compatibility with modern hardware


One of the classic “hack-and-slash” action games, “Diablo II” recently got a boost from its developer, Blizzard, when it received an update for the game that will make it work well on modern hardware. According to a report in The Verge, this is the game’s first update since the last official patch it received in 2011. Given that the game was originally released in 2000 and subsequently updated only until 2011, this latest update 1.14a was made so that the game will “run better on modern hardware” such as those running on the latest Windows OS or the latest Mac OS.

“Diablo II” is the second instalment in the “Diablo” series, which is characterized as dark fantasy and horror games. A third instalment, “Diablo III,” was released in 2012. According to a Tech Times report, however, there remains to be quite a large number of players still playing the older, more classic game and still using the game’s old servers in order to do so. Blizzard has recognized this and thus made it a point to engage these players once again by providing this latest update.

In the official announcement about the patch, Blizzard said that the update has “been a long time coming.” It also cited the importance of the game’s community saying, “There is still a large Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers.”

According to the report, the final statement also indicates that there will be more updates coming in the future. Blizzard is said to be working on “restoring the glory” of their older games with the help of new software engineers who will help them do so.

Patch 1.14a includes the following changes and improvements to “Diablo II:” compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10; for OSX users, particularly of 10.10 and 10.11, there are installers available with the patch; and the patch also allows the migration of saved characters in the first client. Users of Mac 10.9 and earlier versions, however, are not supported by the patch.