Blizzard Entertainment is not exhibiting at this week’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco, the company issued some news that will be of great interest to Mac users Blizzard plans to offer a new patch to its popular game Diablo II that will enable the game to be played in Carbonized form with Mac OS X.
Blizzard said it will release patches for Diablo II and its expansion pack, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, during the first calendar quarter of 2002. The company said that the patches will work with Mac OS X 10.1 and subsequent versions.
Diablo II is Blizzard’s most recently released action game. Set in a fantasy world populated by monsters, demons, and other horrible creatures, the game puts you in the role of one of several different character classes, each with their own special attributes and capabilities. Equipped with robust multiplayer capabilities, the game has developed a legion of dedicated fans the world over.
Diablo II also marked a change of effort for Blizzard — previous to the game’s release, Blizzard had taken months to release separate Mac and Windows versions of its titles. Diablo II debuted on the Mac only about a month after the PC version’s release, and the Lord of Destruction expansion pack was released simultaneously for Mac and PC.
This is Blizzard’s second effort to bring one of its released titles to Mac OS X. Last year the company developed a patch for its popular real time strategy game Starcraft and its expansion pack, Brood War. The company is also in the final stages of developing Warcraft III, a role playing strategy game, which will run natively in Mac OS X.