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Later today, Blizzard is making Battle.net global, meaning friends lists from different territories will be merged into one, so you won't need to switch regions in Battle.net. This excludes China.
We’re breaking down barriers.
We’ve always envisioned Battle.net as a place for players to connect, collaborate, and play their favorite games. Now, we’re realizing that dream on a truly global level.
“When Battle.net first came out, the purpose was to deliver a connected, multiplayer experience for a single title,” says Arron Goolsbey, VP of Platform Engineering for Battle.net. “Fast-forward 10 to 15 years, and Battle.net had evolved into a service that spanned all Blizzard games but was still constructed with the primary notion that players would mostly play with others within their region. The internet has come a long way in the last 10 years, enabling global and cross-platform experiences with high levels of quality. So now, Battle.net is evolving once again.”
Starting today, friends lists from different territories will be merged into one*, so you’ll no longer need to switch regions in Battle.net to talk to your buddies on the other side of the planet. “As Global Battle.net rolls out, players around the world will be able to come together all across the larger Blizzard ecosystem without any hurdles for the first time ever,” says Diana Hubbard, Platform Design Manager. In doing so, they will be able to effortlessly expand their friendships, groups, and communities—paving the way for forging new bonds over our present and future epic gaming experiences. This is just the first step, and it will only get better from here.” To accent this new era of global gaming and social connectivity on Battle.net, we’ve also updated our logo.
“We realized some time ago that our players would be better served by a global Battle.net that did away with the concept of regions,” says Jeff Allison, Lead Product Manager for Battle.net. “But breaking down these barriers was a significant engineering task. Now that we’ve done it, we look forward to a future where all Battle.net players can communicate and game together no matter where they are.”
Battle.net’s global updates also include cross-platform functionality. This has given our game developers the ability to let you play with others between PC and console seamlessly. Overwatch players will be the first to experience these new cross-play capabilities; for more information, check out this blog.
“You will be able to make friends anywhere as games published on Battle.net begin to utilize this evolved experience,” says Goolsbey. “We look forward to a future where billions of players worldwide can make friends and play together, regardless of where they are and what device they play on.”
These backend updates to Battle.net will also enable developers to build even more globally connected experiences for our players in the future, so stay tuned!
Crash Bandicoot 4 is now available on Battle.net.
If you're a fan of Crash Bandicoot but don't own a console, the latest game is now available for PC on Battle.net, supports 4K resolution, and costs $40/40 EUR. Minimum and recommended specs can be found in Blizzard's blog post.
Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time – the game that’s been touted as “The Best Crash Yet” by GamesBeat, is celebrating the franchise’s 25 year anniversary in style by coming to PC via Battlet.net. In addition, read on to learn how to score some in-game skins to commemorate 25 years of marsupial mayhem.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is the first brand-new Crash Bandicoot game in over ten years, and a true successor to the original trilogy! Fans will be able to wield new powers, discover new worlds, and embrace new N. Sanity.
Minimum and Recommended Specs on PC
Have a powerful PC? Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time on PC supports 4K resolution* and an uncapped framerate, so all your sweet wumpa dreams can come true. Here’s an updated list of other minimum and recommended specs to get you smashing crates in no time.
OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel® Core i3-4340/AMD FX-6300. ARM64 installation not recommended RAM: 8GB RAM Video: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7950 HDD: 30GB Input: Keyboard and mouse and controllers are supported. Broadband Internet Connection Required Recommended Specifications
Here are the recommended specs to target 60FPS:
OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel® Core i5-2500k/AMD Ryzen 5 1600X. ARM64 installation not recommended RAM: 16GB RAM Video: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 390 HDD: 30GB Input: Controller with Vibration feedback. Broadband Internet Connection Required
5 Tips to Save the Multiverse
For anyone who is coming in brand new to the game, check out these handy tips for a smooth start to your journey.
1. Retro or Modern mode? Take Your Pick. In Retro, players have a limited number of lives. Run out and restart the level. In the Modern setting, you always continue from the last checkpoint. The gameplay difficulty in each mode is the same, so you can switch between settings at any time without losing out on any rewards. Experiment and find what works for you.
2. Leave No Crate Unsmashed. Calling all completionists! Crates might be shoved into every corner and side path along the way. Explore everything and leave no crate unsmashed!
3. Wumpa for Gems. Need a new style? Collect at least 80% of the Wumpa fruit in a stage to secure three of the six available gems in each main path level.
4. Get N. Verted, Get New Digs. The N. Verted levels contain additional gems that you can use to unlock skins. Plus, unlike normal boss levels, defeating a boss in N. Verted mode unlocks a new skin.
5. Get Crazy, Have Fun! The Crash Bandicoot series is all about crazy precision platforming, and it’s no different in Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. Get playing and discover expansive new worlds, unexpected allies, larger-than-life boss battles, and oh so much more!
25 Years of Crash
Don’t fur-get, this isn’t Crash’s first rodeo. In fact, Crash and Coco have some skeletons in the closet – literally. Celebrate 25 years of N. Sanity with Bare Bones skins for Crash and Coco, free in Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time upon completion of the game’s second level.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is available now on Battle.net for $39.99 SRP. Purchasing the game on Battle.net will also grant players the Totally Tubular Skins, some truly radical digs for Crash and Coco, available upon completion of the game’s second level.
* On PC Battle.net, 4K will be supported based on players’ PC specs; framerate is uncapped, and the game will target 60FPS when playing with recommended specs. Internet connection is required to play on PC.
For more information on the Crash Bandicoot franchise, visit www.crashbandicoot.com and follow @Crashbandicoot on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as developer Toys for Bob on Twitter and Instagram.
We have some launcher weirdness arriving today, as the Shadowlands beta has returned, but what could it signify?
We're seeing plenty of reports of players getting the beta back, so it's most likely been enabled for everyone.
Well, there's two possibilities here, one for retail and one for Classic. The client is definitely mislabeled, but it could be the 9.1 PTR which we know is planned to drop "very soon" after 9.0.5 launched, which was this week. However, it could also be the Burning Crusade closed beta, which didn't get any official starting dates, but there has been a leak indicating that it's definitely coming this month, and possibly even next week. In addition to that, we know that BC Classic is being built on the Shadowlands client, and will have the upgraded graphical options, as Blizzard clarified in an interview with MrGM.
Both are equally as likely at this point, so which one do you think it is/would you prefer?
Crash Bandicoot's fourth sequel, "It's About Time," which launched on consoles last year in October, will be soon available on PC through Battle.net.
Crash 4 is a real improvement over N.Sane Trilogy in terms of character movement. In Crash 4, there's a small circle beneath your character, showing you exactly where you'll land. The various Quantum Masks also make levels more interesting.
It's important to note that Crash 4 is a completely new game and not a remaster.
The game can be pre-purchased for $39.99. Activision Blizzard also posted the minimum/recommended requirements for PC that you can find below.
New powers, new worlds, larger-than-life boss battles, and a whole wumping lot more: Crash, Coco and friends are gearing up for another great adventure with the upcoming release of Crash Bandicoot™ 4: It’s About Time on PC via Battle.net.
Presented in dazzling 4K resolution, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is the first brand-new Crash Bandicoot game in over ten years, and a true successor to the original trilogy! And now it’s coming to PC. Here’s what you can look forward to when Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time releases on Battle.net on later this year:
Crash Bandicoot, New and Improved
In Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time you can play the way you want to. Choose Modern mode for a streamlined experience, or Retro for that classic gaming experience — where if lose all your lives, you restart the level.
Bend reality with the four Quantum Masks — guardians of space and time — like Lani-Loli, who phase-shifts obstacles in and out of existence, or Ika Ika, whose power flips gravity allowing Crash and Coco to walk on the ceiling!
Experience the story in new ways with alternate timeline paths, revisiting previous levels using different characters — like nefarious villain Neo Cortex and the reformed Dingodile — and more difficult platforming challenges. And test your skills in the new N. Verted mode, a wild take on mirror mode that flips levels and delivers new filters and effects across dimensions.
4K Graphics Support
Have a powerful PC that you can’t wait to get platforming on? Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time supports 4K resolution* and an uncapped framerate, so get ready for a gorgeous 4K experience.
Minimum and Recommended Specs
Ready to take on Neo Cortex and protect the fate of the entire space-time continuum? Here’s what your PC needs in order to run the game.
OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300 RAM: 8GB RAM Video: Nvidia GTX 600 or AMD Radeon HD 7950 HDD: 30GB Broadband Internet Connection Required Recommended Specifications
Here are our recommended specs to run at 60FPS:
OS: Windows 10 CPU: Intel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X RAM: 16GB RAM Video: Nvidia GTX 970 or AMD R9 390 HDD: 30GB Broadband Internet Connection Required
Pre-Purchase Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time Today
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is available for pre-purchase now for a suggested retail price of $39.99. Pre-purchase on Battle.net starting today in select territories and get ready for a wumping good time later this year. Keep checking this space for more information.
Purchasing the game on Battle.net will grant you the Totally Tubular Skins upon completion of the game’s second level, giving Crash and Coco access to some truly radical digs.
* On PC Battle.net, 4K will be supported based on players’ PC specs; framerate is uncapped, and the game will run at 60FPS when playing with recommended specs Internet required on PC.
For more information on the Crash Bandicoot franchise, visit www.crashbandicoot.com and follow @Crashbandicoot on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, as well as developer Toys for Bob on Twitter and Instagram
We're getting a bit of a revamp to our favorite launcher, with a lot more overview over all its aspects, from the games themselves (with the Activision ones thankfully being given a bit less prominence), the friends list and more! And we can all try it out right now!
Check out our BlizzCon 2019 Content Hub for all the latest details!
Battle.net App Beta (source)
We’ve been hard at work on new features for the Battle.net Desktop App, and we wanted to show you a preview of what we’re developing. Starting today, anyone who’s opted in to test Battle.net updates can try out our beta.
Though we’re improving the look and feel of Battle.net, we also want to keep this preview familiar and easy to use. Here’s what to expect.
The most obvious difference between the beta and its full-release sibling is a refreshed user interface. We’ve heard many of you loud and clear: You want more control over your game navigation, and you’d like your friends and chats to be easily accessible. You’ll also notice that we’ve updated the stories view for each game, so you can see more recent updates and highlights. To see all the updates in the Battle.net beta, check out our patch notes.
If you didn’t sign up to test new versions of Battle.net, but you want to, log into the Battle.net Desktop App, head to the “Beta” menu in "Settings", and opt in to try future patches before they’re officially released.
We’ll continue making the Battle.net App more user-friendly, more informative, and more customizable. We want it to help you connect with your friends and play games quickly and easily.
If you have any thoughts about what would make the app a better experience for you, please use the app forums to send us your feedback.
We’ll see you in-game!