Chris Scott Barr – Mar 11, 2016
Back in 2000, Blizzard released one of my favorite games of the early 2000’s. I’m talking, of course, about Diablo II. Since Blizzard changed the way that character data was stored for online play, the game became one of the most popular online multiplayer games for a very long time. In fact, people still play it to this day. But there are plenty of problems for those who want to play it, as the game hasn’t been updated since 2011. At least that was the case until recently.
Just yesterday Blizzard announced the first update to the game in roughly five years. The new 1.14a update might not be the most groundbreaking, but it’s a welcome one. While they didn’t release patch notes, Blizzard did give a brief overview of what we can expect from it.
If you’ve tried to play Diablo II on newer operating systems, you’ve probably found that you run into issues. There are a lot of workarounds to be found online, but this patch should eliminate the need for them. In fact, that’s really the only thing that the 1.14a update does for you. Here’s what Blizzard developer Classic had to say:
This update focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems. In related news, you can finally retire those old Mac PowerPCs. Included with the update is a shiny new installer for OSX.
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.
This is great news for both Windows and OSX users. The last time Blizzard patched the game, the latest operating systems were Windows 7 and OSX 10.7 Lion. As such, the game wouldn’t even run on later OSX versions, and had issues on Windows 8 and up.
It’s almost sad to hear that they’re still working on cheat detection. You’d think that after 16 years people wouldn’t still need to cheat in online games.