Blizzard Entertainment has announced that it will soon be ending support for Windows Vista and XP across its major titles.
The RPG gaming giant is best known for titles like World of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and more recently, the smash hit Overwatch.
In the announcement, Blizzard specifies that support will no longer be offered for WoW, Starcraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.
“Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively,” says Blizzard, “but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them.”
Now, however, it seems that most users have indeed migrated to newer operating systems, rendering support for the old systems rather pointless.
“After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them,” the company adds. “We encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version.”
Gamers commenting on the announcement have expressed their relief at the announcement, suggesting that it’s been a long time coming.
“If you're still running XP or Vista, you're not running an OS you're running a security risk,” says one. “Took you long enough,” chimes another.