Wait, a New Diablo 2 Update?
Since the release of the first Diablo in 1996, the game series has been a huge hit for Blizzard. And based on the reception of Diablo 3, it appears that fans still enjoy the series and want more. Well, in a move that is typical of a game company that seems to genuinely care about the games they design, Blizzard has released a new Diablo 2 update, 5 years after the last update in 2011. In a post on the Battle.Net forums, Blizzard had this to say about the updates:
“We’ve also begun working to improve our cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. There’s still work to be done, but we’re making improvements every day.
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.”
The update brings the game to version 1.14a, and improves Diablo II’s compatibility with modern operating systems, adding a new Mac installer for OS X and fixing bugs introduced by newer hardware. As they state above, this update to make Diablo II run on new hardware is apparently just a beginning. There’s no definitive word yet on what this could mean, but we are definitely excited.
The update wasn’t announced anywhere, it just came out, to the surprise of many fans. Reaction from fans is sure to be positive, given that this is an older game. The update, part of Blizzard’s initiative to improve, preserve and restore some of its legacy games to their original glory, is something other game manufacturers could learn from. StarCraft, WarCraft 3, and Diablo II have all received new updates this year.