Some Blizzard games not supported in 10.7 Lion

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by DanielCoffey, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    Apologies if this has already been posted, but I spotted on the Blizzard Tech Support forum that some Blizzard games will not be supported under Lion. They will still be fine in Bootcamp or Snow Leopard.

    Source :

  2. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Some Blizzard games not supported in 10.7 Lion...yet.

    And that's it. Lion is in beta so that devs can update their clients to work properly with the OS. So until they release this update the applications just won't work.
  3. Hansr macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2007
    No need to think about this, you shouldn't be using 10.7 for anything other than testing anyway.
  4. iMouse macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    Boardman, Ohio
    Those specific games aren't going to run simply for the fact that they are PowerPC binaries. PowerPC support on Intel (Rosetta) appears to have ended with Lion.

    I believe that Warcraft III is a Universal app.
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Whoops! I guess that means GameStop, Wal*Mart, Target, etc, will have to stop selling SC and D2 come this fall. I'm not sure if I'm more disappointed in Blizzard for not updating their game, or for Apple for breaking compatibility, again.

    Honestly. For a loooong time, those 2 games (and WC3) were the ONLY computer games worth buying if you had a mac.

    This is a sad, sad, day.
  6. iMouse macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2002
    Boardman, Ohio

    Blizzard could write a Universal binary for those products and continue to sell them. I believe that Blizzard has more pressing things to do than keep an 11 year old game running on Lion.

    I love all my PowerPC-based Macs (I still own a Wallstreet, a Pismo and a PowerBook G4), but Apple can't keep supporting the architecture forever.
  7. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    Well that sucks... I still have D2 installed. It looks like I'll have to uninstall and not play it anytime in the near future after Lion comes out :(
  8. a.chufong macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2005
    Well, D3 should be here soon enough :) Isn't the release date for summer as well?
  9. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    The Windows versions of most of those run just fine under Wineskin or Crossover
  10. Ungibbed macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010

    My Warcraft III install discs rely on a PPC only installer. Once updated via, the apps are patched as universal. Reinstalling them once Lion ships, will be annoying but I have to get my WC3 fix once in a while.
  11. Zortrium macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    Can't you just download and install from
  12. Skybar macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2010
    No, a release date hasn't been announced. However, the beta should start late summer/autumn, with a release late -11 or beginning of -12.
  13. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Diablo II and StarCraft will never be supported in Lion because Lion will never get Rosetta support.
  14. Ungibbed macrumors 6502


    Dec 13, 2010
    Currently where I live at the moment, my Internet connection sucks. I often tether off my phone for faster downloads, but don't want to get throttled when I need the data speed for work stuff.
  15. CANEHDN macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2005
    Eagle Mountain, UT
    Is it really that big of an issue? We already have SC2 which will work. And Diablo 3 is coming soon which will work on Lion. How many are honestly going to play these legacy games? It's time to move on, folks.
  16. Ceebee1980 macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2011
    Chatsworth, CA
    Warcraft 3 Frozen Throne should still work, but as it may fall under legacy, I do feel the need to defend it.
    There's been no game as good as WC3 for 5+ years now, in terms of a game that mixes both fantasy and chess-like elements. It mixes the best elements of throw-away unit tactics with hero units, which in order to win, you are compelled to both use, yet try to keep from dying.
    I like World of Warcraft, but it's not the same.
  17. superfula macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2002
    That's not what it says. Blizzard is pretty clear here that those games will NEVER run natively under 10.7.
  18. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
    not a Blizzard game, but I am ultra annoyed I won't be able to play Neverwinter Nights with 10.7. Maybe it will signal Bioware to release the code and let somebody UB it!
  19. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    It is a big issue for me, I enjoy my "legacy" games a lot. Newer is not always better, especially when it comes to games.
  20. Luph67 macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011
    Why would you be disappointed in Blizzard? You're loko if you think any company would update age-old games if they were in the same situation.
  21. The ArchAngel macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    Even if you're not a Boot Camp user, these games should run perfectly fine in a VM. I periodically spin up the original StarCraft on a Windows VM with absolutely no issues.
  22. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Diablo 2 is still selling strong. It was even in the top 10 most sold games of the year in the USA last year I believe.

    Old games are still much better than the new games.
  23. Damo01 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2010
    That's probably because Lion isn't out yet or release. There no need to think about this. I do expect compatibility issues with the next major OS lion that many other applications other than games that works with current OS snow leopard won't work on Lion either.
  24. Meever macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2009
    Meh, you should be bootcamping for all your gaming needs anyways.

    I really, really hope that Lion will FINALLY bump up graphics performance. If kills me a little everytime I have to bootcamp for games that in theory should run just as well on OSX side.
  25. The ArchAngel macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2008
    But as I already noted, boot camp isn't necessary for these older games being discussed in this post. I have a VM for several of these old games and then run like a champ in the most recent VMWare release.

    Granted, SC2 would probably run a heck of a lot better in boot camp, but that's not what this thread is discussing.

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