Blizzard brings Windows 10 support to Diablo 2 with latest patch


Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
Deputy Editor
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While Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is the newest Diablo game, Blizzard still pays attention to its older titles as well, with the legendary gaming company having recently released a new patch for Diablo 2.

Diablo II was released back in 2000 and its expansion pack, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, was released in 2001. Both games achieved tremendous success when they were released, serving as the inspiration for many modern action role-playing games such as Path of Exile.

Diablo 2 gets Windows 10 support

Although Diablo III was released in 2012, Blizzard kept working on patches and updates for Diablo II. The last patch for Diablo II was the Lord of Destruction v1.13d update released in October 2011 and today, almost 5 years later, we have a new one. The company made the following comment about the patch:

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.

So what does this new patch have to offer? Unlike the 1.13d patch that brought several bug fixes, this patch brings Diablo 2 compatibility to modern operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Before this patch, you had to run Diablo II in compatibility mode for Windows XP if you wanted to play it on a modern operating system, but now you can just run the game without using compatibility mode. Mac users aren’t left out of the fun — at least, not completely. Blizzard has also added support for Mac OS X 10.10 and 10.11, but no support for OS X 10.9 and earlier at the moment.

It’s great to see that Blizzard hasn’t forgotten about its older hits and according to a recent job listing posted by Blizzard, it seems like it isn’t stopping: other popular hits such as StarCraft and Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos will get similar patches in near future that will improve compatibility with modern operating systems.