Back in February, Blizzard announced that it would stop supporting Windows XP and Vista “later this year” for a swathe of its games, including Hearthstone, Diablo 3 and Heroes of the Storm. Well, “later” has transformed into October, giving players on older operating system a good deal of time to upgrade.
A fresh announcement on the company’s Heroes of the Storm forum outlines the hard date:
Starting in October of this year, we will begin 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.
The post goes on to mention that the “vast majority of [Blizzard’s] audience” no longer uses either operating system, originally released in 2001 and 2006 respectively.
It also makes it clear that when support does end, it won’t just mean you can’t hit up Blizzard’s support if you run into the problems:
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.
In the unlikely event you’re running a creaky install of Vista — or even worse, XP — and enjoy blasting around in the following games, you’ve been warned:
- World of Warcraft
- StarCraft 2
- Diablo 3
- Heroes of the Storm
Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista [Blizzard]