Old games, new patches: Blizzard continues support for 'Diablo 2' and 'Warcraft 3'


Developer Blizzard Entertainment released new updates for two of its relatively old games. The developer is still providing support for dungeon crawler “Diablo II” and strategy title “Warcraft III,” both of which were launched more than 10 years ago.

Patch 1.14a for “Diablo II”

With only a few months before its 16th anniversary, “Diablo II” received Patch 1.14a. The latest update since 2011 rolled out last week with a focus on making the game compatible with and work better on modern operating systems. Specifically, the update includes fixes for system glitches and a new OSX installer.

“There is still a large Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us,” Blizzard Entertainment wrote in its official announcement of the update. “This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers.”

In addition to this, Blizzard is also working on putting measures in place to detect cheating and prevent hacks.

Patch 1.27 for “Warcraft III”

Shortly after releasing the new patch for “Diablo II,” Blizzard announced a new update will be arriving for another of its classic games, “Warcraft III.” Like “Diablo II,” the upcoming update will be the first patch for the game since 2011.

Blizzard’s Classic Games head Robert Bridenbecker announced the update, Patch 1.27, through a video (below) addressed to the “Warcraft III” community in China. The developer did not provide any details as to the changes the latest new patch will bring. However, industry followers are suggesting that like “Diablo II,” “Warcraft III” could also be getting a compatibility update to make it run better on modern systems and some possible balance tweaks.

Bridenbecker also said in the announcement video that Patch 1.27 would be “only our first stop,” hinting at more updates rolling out in future. The “Warcraft” movie will release on June 10 so Blizzard could be preparing the game for new fans, according to Kotaku.

The latest patch will release worldwide on March 15.