So, Stracraft 2 fans all over the world can slowly become excited! Blizzard released an official preview of Battle.net 2.0. It looks like the beta test of Starcraft 2 might start sooner than we expected! Battle.net 2.0 has some really amazing features, a smarter match-making tool, new leagues and ladders, new content creations tools for the community and enhanced social networking features.
So, what’s new in Battle.net 2.0?
Battle.net 2.0 is the biggest update since the service has been launched way back in 1997 as a platform for Diablo 2. Here are the changes:
Singleplayer & Multiplayer Battle.net
No matter what you are currently up to, if it’s a singleplayer match or a quick 5v5 with your friends, you will now be logged into battle.net automatically. You are ALWAYS connected. That means you will always see the latest news, the status of your online friends and you will automatically get the latest updates for Blizzard games.
- Singleplayer & Multiplayer always connected to Battle.net 2.0
The new Battle.net is able to measure “skill” more accurately and will only find opponents that match your skill. Additionally, you will be auto assigned to a competitive league, making things a little bit more interesting for everyone.
- Accurate Skill Measurement
- Assigned to league and division
Social Networking Redefined
A new system will allow more flexible communication. A completely new “Real ID” allows you to send out friend requests. Once your friends have confirmed your request, you can see what game they are currently logged into and even the character. Cross-communications between the games StarCraft II, Battle.net, World of Warcraft and Diablo is now possible.
- Ingame communications
- Cross-communication between Blizzard games
New Content Creation Tools
You will have full access to all the tools the “pros” use to develop maps. A new feature “Map Publishing” allows you to upload your final map and share it with the world. If you decide that your map is so good that you want compensation for it, you can also publish it on the Starcraft 2 marketplace. There you can sell your maps and mods to other players. It’s basically the DLC marketplace of the community.
- New map creation tools & upload features
- Starcraft 2 marketplace (for mods and maps)
Interview with Greg Canessa (Director of Battle.net 2.0)