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The collectors Edition of Diablo 3 includes a 4GB USB drive preloaded with Diablo 2 and Lord of Destruction.

Will this version of the game run on a modern Intel Mac running OS X 10.7 without modifications, virtualisation or other third party software?

I have read that Blizzard stopped supporting Diablo 2 on the Mac after Apple removed Rosetta from the OS, but does this also mean they would send out copies of Diablo 2 that won't run on a Mac?

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Now I'm wondering if the CE will give to you the D2/D2LoD in the online version (store/BattleNet account) as well. – Michel May 3 '12 at 13:44
@Michel - We will have to find out. If they provide you a cd-key you can add it yourself. Since Blizzard old installers required a cd-key to even install, and they are unlikely to go repackage an old game into a new installer, its very likely there will be at least a peice of paper with the authentication codes on it. I will have to look at my Starcraft 2 Collectors Edition's flashdrive to figure out how they handled the digital copy of Starcraft 1. – Ramhound May 3 '12 at 17:34
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No. The included Diablo II + LoD is no different than their latest version online, which works with Mac OS 10.3.9 through 10.6 Snow Leopard (and Windows 2000 through Windows 7).1

Blizzard has no plans to support 10.7 Lion and above.2 3

So, yes, the Collector's Edition USB soulstone ships without modern support. (I may add that D2 runs just fine in Parallels and Boot Camp on a MacBook Air.)

Mac OS 10.6.8 remains the only Mac OS able to run both Diablo II and Diablo III natively.

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Technically, Snow Leopard is emulating Diablo 2 via Rosetta. – Krazer May 16 '12 at 2:08

According to Blizzard, they do not support the "Classic" version of the game anymore. This is the version that is found on the CD and would be the ones that run under Rosetta. As a solution, they provide a downloadable Intel based client to replace the CD version. My feeling is the version you will get on the USB stick will be that Intel client and not the older "classic" one.

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I would like to know why this has a down vote. I don't like it when people down vote and don't say why... – Jasarien May 3 '12 at 16:35
It doesn't answer the question in any definitive way. The article linked is for a separate (but sometimes confused) topic: classic mode is a way to run OS9 apps on early OSX versions, the actual problem deals with Rosetta running the "newer" Carbon version on Lion installs. – authenticgeek May 3 '12 at 19:05
There is no way to "definitively" answer this question until after May 15th when someone actually gets the Collector's Edition and confirms which version is on the USB drive and if it runs on Lion. Rosetta does not run under ANY version of Lion so we can only speculate based on the current clients available. – Tapan Zee May 3 '12 at 19:31
@GregDemetrick My issue is that you don't even answer the question, you just speculate on which existing version will ship with the CE (probably correctly). And in either of these cases, the answer to the question "will it run on lion?" is No. – authenticgeek May 3 '12 at 22:25
That is a very valid point @authenticgeek but instead of just down voting, why did you not also answer the question which you obviously knew the answer to? (I do realize this may push this comment thread to meta but am just curious) – Tapan Zee May 4 '12 at 14:35

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