Blizzard Releases Patch for Diablo II After Four Years; Check Out Diablo II Patch 1.14a Features, Changes and Improvements

By Jeff Villanueva

After four long years, Blizzard has finally patched one of its most played video games, Diablo II.

Released more than four years after the last patch, 1.13d (27 October 2011), Blizzard released Patch 1.14a for Diablo II.

Diablo II Patch 1.14a

As posted on Blizzard,

It's been a long time coming, but today we're releasing 1.14a for Diablo II.

This update focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems. In related news, you can finally retire those old Mac PowerPCs. Included with the update is a shiny new installer for OSX.

We've also begun working to improve our cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. There's still work to be done, but we're making improvements every day.

There is still a large Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers.

Notice something?

This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there.

It looks like this is not the last update Blizzard will make on Diablo II. It's possible that once the new features has settled, Blizzard will still continue to check for any bugs that may arise in the future.

Patch 1.14a Features, Changes and Improvements

Released last March 10, 2016, Patch 1.14a is the first update given to Diablo II in a very long while and is compatible to both the original game as well as its expansion pack, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. So what are the features included on the latest Diablo II Patch?

Well, unlike its predecessor Patch 1.13d which has many issues pertaining to the gameplay per se, there's not much about the features within the game that the latest patch will affect, though it has something to do with compatibility issues particularly with the latest operating systems.

Specific Changes & Improvements

  •  No need to run in XP mode anymore, Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 compatibility complete
  •  Mac installer and compatibility for 10.10 and 10.11 has arrived
  •  First client run will migrate saved characters to avoid issues from Windows system admin changes

Known Issues

  •  Mac 10.9 and earlier are not supported

[Source: Diablo II Wikia]

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