These days, you’re lucky if some games from certain major publishers get online support for a year or two after launch before they’re unceremoniously dropped. And then there is Diablo II. Blizzard released a new version 1.14 patch for the nearly 16-year-old game on Thursday, five years after the game was last officially updated (not to mention four years since the launch of the game’s sequel with its own associated issues and post-release patches)
The new Diablo II patch does not add any new gameplay features, balance adjustments, or anything like that. Instead, Blizzard has added compatibility with modern operating systems like Windows 10 and OS X. But Blizzard says it’s working on improvements to the game’s “cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities” and hints at more improvements to come.
“There’s another big one Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and kill with us,” writes Blizzard. “This journey begins with making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it doesn’t stop there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers.”
Today’s patch comes a few months after a job posting from Blizzard seeking a “senior software engineer, classic games” to work on ongoing maintenance for Diablo II, Warcraft IIIand Starcraft. That message said the job “creat[ing] conditions for experiences that look as good as they play’ and ‘own[ing] implementation and curation of new and old features,” so we can probably expect more major updates to all of these Blizzard classics in the future.
That’s an impressive amount of dedication for a company that has plenty of new games to worry about. We can only hope Blizzard games like that Hearthstone and Overexpected will still receive such dedicated support (and have such dedicated communities) in the year 2032.