It is mandatory that everyone upgrades their operating systems to the newer iterations in order to continue playing and enjoying Blizzard Games.
Posting on the official forums, community manager Nate Valenta noted that the company is in the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. After October, the aforementioned games will no longer run on older operating systems.
“Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them,” reads an explanation.
Majority of the populace has already upgraded to the newer releases such as Windows 10. Since only a small portion of the community is still bent on running their games on the older operating systems, Blizzard believes that this is a prime time to force them to upgrade as well.
“We encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version,” reads the conclusion. “We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.”
Among the games, World of Warcraft sticks out like a sore thumb since it is almost thirteen years old. StarCraft II has also aged since it was released nearly seven years ago. It is incredible that Blizzard has continued to support the older operating systems all this time.
Those affected might be disappointed in the news, since they must also spend time in updating their favorite mods and add-ons as well. There is the possibility that some older mods might not even support the recent Windows releases. However, that is one aspect that players must work around.
The latest Windows 10 is a profound option for consumers. For those worried about any technical issues, be calm since it has no compatibility problems with any games. Rest assure that your favorite Blizzard games will run more smoothly on Windows 10 than before. Though, that might require a few updates to the rig.