Diablo 2 Gets First Patch in 4 Years

Diablo 2 Gets First Patch in 4 Years

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Blizzard has teased that the "journey does not end" with this incremental Diablo 2 patch.

Well here's a bit of interesting news: Diablo 2, which was last updated back in 2011, has just received a new update. Patch 1.14a is now available to download, focusing on system glitches introduced by modern operating system.

The update also includes a new installer for OSX, and improvements to cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. In case you were wondering: yes, Battle.net servers for Diablo 2 are still up and running to this day, and there is still a somewhat active community for the decades-old title.

While this update itself was rather small and signifigant, at the very end of the announcement post, Blizzard hinted that "There is still a large Diablo 2 community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo 2 run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers."

Fans have been speculating on exactly what this means. At the very least, we can probably expect Diablo 2, as well as other legacy Blizzard titles like WarCraft 3, being integrated into the modern Battle.net client. At most, we will see actual new content added to the game. Fingers crossed!

Source: Blizzard

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That's awesome. I'd think the natural next step would be to improve compatibility with modern tech across the board. I'd love to run D2 at a modern resolution.

If they cared, they would give us fricking resolution patch that allows 1920x1080.(800x600 LOL)

There was a mod that did this in 1.12, except it was considered cheating program because more sight = cheating...

P.S: blizz is renown for running server for their old games... I enjoyed SC:BW online play for more than a a decade after the release.

I think it was hinted, if not outright confirmed awhile ago that WC1 and 2 would be getting re-releases or remakes, and that SC1, D2, and WC3 would get b.net integration.

So, D2, yeah, lovely...integrate WC3 and then we'll talk.

That's a good thing. Good on 'em. Hopefully what they're teasing isn't going to change the game in a stupid way.

I bet it'll lead to 1.14b.

I wonder if Blizzard kept the 3d renders for D1 and 2? (I wonder if Blizzard North kept 'em to begin with?) On the off chance the original assets didn't get lost after the closure of BlizNorth, I'd very much be interested if they could do something with them.

Pirate Of PC Master race:
If they cared, they would give us fricking resolution patch that allows 1920x1080.(800x600 LOL)

There was a mod that did this in 1.12, except it was considered cheating program because more sight = cheating...

The mod was an injector, which by its nature would have been recognised as a hack by any anti-cheat system. Not much anyone could do about it.

It was also kinda shitty. Very rough, zooming the fuck out never looks good at higher resolutions. (Also, it was kinda cheating if you played a ranged character, projectiles went quite a while before they despawned.)

To make D2 run properly at HD resolutions would require a lot of work. For example, the AI of mobs only becomes active if you attack them, or they enter an 800x600 square around you. The UI would need to be remade for arbitrary resolutions. They'd have to come up with a proper solution to not make the game look like it's filled with ant people at 1080p.

It ain't easy. Lot of design and technical aspects to it.

Last played D2 about a year and a half ago when I installed the Total Destruction mod. That mod was freaking awesome.

Pirate Of PC Master race:
If they cared, they would give us fricking resolution patch that allows 1920x1080.(800x600 LOL)

There was a mod that did this in 1.12, except it was considered cheating program because more sight = cheating...

P.S: blizz is renown for running server for their old games... I enjoyed SC:BW online play for more than a a decade after the release.

It'll most likely happen because no game could consider itself to be ready for the modern environment if it still runs at resolutions of the earlier decades.

Whatever Blizz. Keep releasing patches for D2. Just hurry up and release Diablo 3!
Oh...wait...

Wait, didn't they patch the game a few months ago? I clearly remember this happening a few months ago.

Y'know, any developer that is willing to continue supporting and patching their games well over a decade later deserves kudos. Double for patching it to work on modern operating systems. That shows they truly care about the quality of their products past, present, and future.

Zontar:
Wait, didn't they patch the game a few months ago? I clearly remember this happening a few months ago.

You might be thinking of Diablo 3, which got a season's update and a lot of new stuff and had an article or two talking about it. Diablo 2 patch is what they are talking about here, which as far as I can recall, they are right, nothing new there in a while.

Fappy:
That's awesome. I'd think the natural next step would be to improve compatibility with modern tech across the board. I'd love to run D2 at a modern resolution.

it breaks the game balance because at a higher resolution you can see enemies far before they can see you, at least that was their reasoning

Zontar:
Wait, didn't they patch the game a few months ago? I clearly remember this happening a few months ago.

Are you thinking of 1.13d? It feels like it was only released a year or so ago for me, but I guess they released it in 2011?! Time flies when you are obliterating demons!

I think they should just do a big balance patch for the fans, keep all current viable builds the same, but just buff the generally unusable and tedious skills. Diablo fans would rejoice!

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/now-warcraft-3-is-getting-a-new-update/1100-6435608/

Huh. Seems like I didn't have to wait long on the "update your other old games" front.

Hawki:

Huh. Seems like I didn't have to wait long on the "update your other old games" front.

honestly if they dont do some balancing with heros and units its going to be such a bore to see the same archmage to sorc and blademaster raider that are in the top 1v1 for well.... ever since it became the meta. blizzard will need to have constant updates like with hots and hearthstone if this will see any value to new players.

Great news, but I'd be more hyped if Blizzard would make the first Diablo available for digital purchase. I own the CD for the original, but getting the game work with my current computer is somewhat impossible. If that game doesn't belong in Classics section of the Battle.net store I don't know what does.

Edit: And of the Diablo games it still probably has the best Hell levels in the series.

(continuing to beat the dead horse skeleton until it is powder)

you know what would be great? an offline patch for D3, then I would actually buy it

 

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