Blizzard Entertainment, video game developer known for working on Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Diablo III recently issued a statement announcing to end the support for Microsoft’s famous operating system Windows XP and Windows Vista.

According to the developer studio, support for Windows XP and Vista will be ended in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard describes it, a process which will be started sometime “later this year” and the players will need Windows 7 or above operating systems to enjoy their favorite games.

The studio issued a statement, noting that both the operating systems are a decade old and even Microsoft abandoned the support for both the versions. However, the studio supported the operating systems since a “decent portion of audience” was still using. While there are newer operating systems released by Microsoft and a great majority of their audience has shifted to the upgraded ones.

After these older operating systems are no longer supported, the games will not run on them, so we encourage any players who are still using one of the older OSes to upgrade to a newer version. We’ll be rolling out this change on a staggered schedule, and will post further notices as we get closer to making the change for each game.

Now the notification has been issued by the developer and therefore, the players should start shifting towards the newer operating systems. Last year, Steam’s monthly hardware survey revealed that the Windows 10 64-bit is the widely used operating system by PC gamers, with Windows 7 64-bit securing 2nd position.

Blizzard Entertainment will keep updating players with the matter. Stay tuned for more updates!

Via: Blizzard Entertainment