New Diablo XP Buff on the PTR, Windows XP and Vista Support Ending, Rakanishu Fan Art

Ending Support for Windows XP and Vista

Blizzard recently announced that they will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Vista across many of their titles.

Originally posted by Blizzard (Official Forums)

Starting later this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, 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. 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.

500% XP Buff on the PTR

To help test Primal Ancient items, Blizzard has enabled an XP boost on the PTR.

Originally posted by Blizzard (Official Forums)

In an effort to help ramp up testing for Primal Ancient items, we will be enabling a 500% Experience boost on the PTR. This should help everyone level and gear up more quickly without affecting our testing for drop rates.


This buff is now live.

Thanks, everyone, and happy testing!


Rakanishu Clay Sculpture from Reddit user cyclopeanDepths

This phenomenal, fan-created Rakanishu (Diablo 2) sculpture comes from Redditor cyclopeanDepths, who works as a professional cg modeler. You can view the full imgur album here.

Rakanishu Scupture