Blizzard has announced that it will end support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm later this year.
As Blizzard noted, the aforementioned games will no longer work on Windows XP and Windows Vista, therefore PC gamers will have to upgrade to a newer operating system.
“After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, 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.”
And that is that. While we are pretty sure that most PC gamers have already upgraded their systems to Windows 7, 8/8.1 or 10, a small number of PC gamers may still be using these older operating systems. As such, it’s unfortunate that Blizzard won’t offer a legacy version for StarCraft II or Diablo III that supports these older OSs in offline mode.