Stiles on the Diablo II 1.03 patch
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Following our news report yesterday about the upcoming Diablo II 1.03 patch, John Stiles, one of the programmers on the Mac team who worked on Diablo II, sent IMG an email to clarify some issues people were having with the game, specifically with the Rage 128 cards. In his email Stiles explains what bugs will be fixed in 1.0.3 (and ones that will be fixed once ATI updates their drivers) and when we can expect it to be released:
There are admittedly known issues with PCI Rage 128 boards, which is the stock configuration on a Blue & White. However, this is NOT a Diablo II bug--there is a graphical corruption problem with ATI's drivers that affects Diablo II, and they are diligently working on fixing it. They have promised us a solution; unfortunately, they have not been able to specify a date. As soon as they release new drivers, we will immediately issue a patch to re-enable RAVE and OpenGL on PCI Rage 128 cards.As soon as the 1.03 patch is released, we'll be posting it to Macgamefiles.com.
And an important thing to remember is that this problem does not
significantly impair the gamer's ability to enjoy the game; it just makes
the graphics a little less impressive. Diablo II only uses the 3D card to
provide perspective correction, and enhanced lighting/magical effects. The game still looks really gorgeous in software mode. Most games nowadays refuse to run without 3D acceleration, or they look terrible and have slow framerates; Diablo II was designed to have awesome, smooth graphics, with or without 3D hardware.
As for the Cinema Display, the problem was already discovered and has been corrected. Cinema Displays will work properly in the 1.03 patch.
So far, we are working very hard to ensure that the game quality is up to Blizzard standards of A++ quality. We believe that we've resolved all the major known issues, we're working together with ATI to make sure that the Rage 128 problem is a very temporary one, and we're preparing to release the 1.03 patch very soon which should solve almost all of the complaints about the current release.
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