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

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

It's been eight years since Microsoft offered support for Windows XP, and five years since it ceased support for Windows Vista.

If you are someone who still plays Blizzard's games on these old operating systems, take this as your 10 week warning. So if you're still using one of these, you'll need to update ASAP.

The forum post noted that Microsoft itself ended support for both OSes in 2009 (XP) and 2012 (Vista), but Blizzard didn't when it saw that a number of players were still using them at the time.

The company has announced that WoW, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm will all cease to work on the two older versions of Windows starting this October.

It's not a matter of the games receiving no ongoing technical support for those operating systems - they'll simply cease to run. We've had Windows 7, Windows 8, and most recently Windows 10 released and the majority of gamers have upgraded their hardware and embraced more recent versions.

This announcement isn't a huge surprise, as Blizzard made the announcement back in February that this move would be coming sometime this year.

Blizzard will unfurl the changes going forward on a rolling schedule, so you'll have time to make the necessary changes to go forward, but upgrading is a good idea in general, so you may want to go ahead and do so to avoid any problems in the future. There's no mention of whether this will affect the new StarCraft Remaster, but I wouldn't bet against it.

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