Current Blizzard Games Will Stop Working on Older Windows Versions in October


If you’re playing any of Blizzard’s current games on Windows XP or Vista, you’ll need to upgrade your OS soon.

It’s been eight years since Microsoft offered support for Windows XP, and five years since it ceased support for Windows Vista. Despite that, many gamers continue to run those operating systems. But if you’re playing a current Blizzard game on one of those OSes, you might want to prepare to upgrade.

Blizzard announced yesterday that its current titles, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, will end support for XP and Vista this October. The announcement reads,

“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. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions.”

If you’re on one of those operating systems, you won’t just cease getting support, the games won’t run at all. Blizzard says, “The games will not run on these older operating systems once they are no longer supported, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. 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.”

This announcement isn’t a huge surprise, as Blizzard made the announcement back in February that this move would be coming sometime this year. There’s no mention of whether this will affect the new StarCraft Remaster, but I wouldn’t bet against it.

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