Blizzard is a company known supporting games well after they’ve left store shelves. Take Diablo II, which got a patch last June. Now that is 16 years after the action RPG shipped. That is impressive.
It appears that even they have their limits. The company has announced plans to end support for both Windows XP and Windows Vista across several games, including Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft.
They say it will be a “staggered process,” then a hard cutoff once a given title loses support — it won’t run until you upgrade.
Firmer schedules will be available closer to the end dates for each of the games. Basically the reason is that the effort involved wasn’t worth it anymore. Sure, there were still a lot of people running XP and Vista when Microsoft itself ended support, but that’s no longer the case. Most players have moved on to newer Windows releases. It also might have something to do with the internet connection requirement for these titles.
Honestly, if you are still on Vista, this news is the least of your problems. You should have upgraded long ago. Most people have of course, which is the point.
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