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16 years after launch, Diablo II still getting new updates

"It's been a long time coming," Blizzard says about new patch that improves experience for modern computers.

Diablo II was released sixteen years ago, in 2000, but Blizzard Entertainment is not done supporting the action role-playing game just yet. The developer this week pushed out a new update for the game, 1.14a, which marks the first new patch released since 2011 (via Kotaku).

"It's been a long time coming," Blizzard said in a forum post announcing the update.

The update principally focuses on improving the overall experience for modern computers. Specifically, it fixes system glitches that could occur on newer systems.


This may not be the final Diablo II update, either, as Blizzard said it is working to improve the game's cheat-detection and hack-prevention systems.

As for why Blizzard is supporting such an old game, the developer said Diablo II still has a "large" player base around the world, though it didn't share any specific figures.

"We thank you for continuing to play and slay with us," the developer said. "This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers."

Successor Diablo III, released in May 2012, has sold more than 30 million copies [PDF] across PC and console.