Diablo II released over 15 years ago gets a new patch, how cool is that?

By Julio Franco ยท 17 replies
Mar 11, 2016
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  1. Diablo II just got its first patch since 2011 (October 27, to be exact). It’s not a content patch, but it helps ensure that the game can run on current platforms. How cool is that?

    Here’s Blizzard on Diablo II’s 1.14a patch:

    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.

    Good to see games continuing to get the support they deserve, not just from players but from developers, too.

    Now for some nostalgia, hear Diablo's Tristam soundtrack once again...

    Image credit: TantrisOST. This post was originally posted in Kotaku, republished with permission.

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  2. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 719   +236

    Are you kidding me?!

    People have been begging them for a higher resolution patch on for the game since forever because they actively blocked the other HD workarounds.
    Instead of doing that they just update it to open on win10 or whatever?!

    Unless of course this patch does include the option to pick something more than 800x600 or whatever the game was set at.
  3. Full hd patch ? :eek:
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Compatibility is generally a much smaller thing to do than to retexture the whole game and regression test for a higher scale. You don't know what they have baked into the game. It might not be so simple.
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 864   +878

    Especially on game as old as DII. anything hardcover for certain resolutions would need more than a flip of a switch to make the game work right. Lots of stuff from that Era needs extensive work just to do widescreen rez, not to mention any texture upgrades.
  6. Rieksfier

    Rieksfier TS Rookie

    They did do a hd version. It's called Diablo III...
    Hexic and DJMIKE25 like this.
  7. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    I'm not even the guy who posted, or even plays the game... but even this post angers me a little. Do you have a clue? lmao
    veLa likes this.
  8. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    Figured they'd have to, they still sell these at Walmart. lmao Was a good game, so good its still being sold so many years later. Hell, maybe its worth playing again for the nostalgia. (Concerning my previous post, I was referring to the new Diablo. I played the second one... TRIED the third one)
  9. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 283   +98

    I still have the game + expansion in their original retail boxes. It would be cool to see the game work on more modern platforms. However, it would look horrible on our modern widescreens, unless they devoted resources to making the game resolutions higher.
  10. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    That's a nice sentiment but D3 is no D2. The game is massively perpetually imbalanced. It's pretty frustrating to play - if you want to play a class that has been nerfed in the current meta, you are an outcast.
    BSim500 and veLa like this.
  11. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

  12. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 390   +669

    Diablo 2 has had widescreen patches for ages (Google "D2Multires"). Yes, it makes some stuff relatively smaller, but given you'll be playing up close with a keyb + mouse, it looks & plays great. And if that's too small, then drop down to 720p.

    And I agree with "Darth Shiv" - Diablo 3 was not a "better" Diablo 2...
  13. havok585

    havok585 TS Booster Posts: 155   +27

    Any serious D2 playa could try PoE and get that nostalgic feeling when playing, in a modern format.
  14. and you cant play on "legal" battlenet :/ only open battlenet, where u can cheat.
  15. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,956

    This isn't much better than playing DOOM-I at 320x240 on a 4K 32" monitor :)
  16. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 719   +236

    I tried it and didn't really like it, just could not feel that same responsive arcade-ey D2 feel.

    I had lots of issues with the d2multires thing and it think it only supports older versions of the game, My point was that if someone else could write the D2multires workaround why cant blizz easily just do the same thing with a patch?
    It did not look anything like doom 1 at 320x240 it actually looked pretty damn good.
  17. JB Hickok

    JB Hickok Banned Posts: 29

    Sounds like they waited a tad too long there.
  18. Game is installed, but no options and still not widescreen resolution. so, nothing changed, but the gfx card options were deleted totally.

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