It was inevitable, but starting later this year Blizzard will be removing support for their IPs on Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems. If you’re somehow still using one of them, now’s the time to upgrade to Windows 10 (or at least Windows 7…).
World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo II, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm will no longer receive support on older Windows operating systems. Once that support ends, the games will no longer run – so if you’re a Blizzard player still using Vista or XP and wish to keep playing, you’ll have to update your OS.
In hindsight, it’s good of Blizzard to have offered support for XP and Vista users for so long: Microsoft themselves ended widespread support for the operating systems in 2009 (XP) and 2012 (Vista). However, since a substantial portion of Blizzard’s player base was still using an older OS, they continued to support them. As the games develop and move on with the times, however, it naturally becomes harder to keep them running on older systems.
The games will be losing support on a staggered system, and no solid dates have been given just yet. If it’s going to affect you, keep an eye on Blizzard’s official forum where they’ll be posting further updates closer to the time.