It’s not uncommon for gamers to like a particular title in a franchise so much that they continue to play it even after its successors come out. This loyalty is what usually leads to mods by gamers to improve or evolve the game itself.
In the case of Diablo II, a patch update from the developer itself, posted on Battle.net, revealed that the game would be updated to help better accomodate modern systems:
“It’s been a long time coming, but today we’re releasing 1.14a for Diablo II.
This update focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems. In related news, you can finally retire those old Mac PowerPCs. Included with the update is a shiny new installer for OSX.
We’ve also begun working to improve our cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. There’s still work to be done, but we’re making improvements every day.
There is still a large Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers.”
It’s likely that this patch will continue play for some time, and may cause even more patches to be made in the future.