Moving forward with plans issued a long while ago now, Blizzard have re-confirmed that legacy operating system support for more modern titles like StarCraft II, Diablo III and World of Warcraft will cease in the coming months.
Understanding that certain territories have very different cultures when it comes to PC gaming, Blizzard have supported aged operating systems like Windows XP and Vista for some time - but that will soon no longer be the case.
"... there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions." said Nate Valenta, Blizzard's community manager through the official forums. "The games will not run on these older operating systems once they are no longer supported, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version."
Blizzard have recently begun patching older games like Diablo II and Warcraft 3 to run smoothly on more modern operating systems, leading some to believe they may soon share a similar fate. The company has supported old OSes over the years likely due to the Internet/Gaming Cafe culture exhibited in places like China and Korea.
The changes will reflect on both Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone, too, with the staggered schedule being rolled out by the start of October.