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Appear offline, groups, profiles, avatars and more are on the Battle.net app beta now!
Appear offline is finally here! We're also getting Discord-like groups, profiles, avatars and more in the Battle.net app beta that is now live.
As previously datamined it seems we're finally getting some much wanted new features for the Battle.net app! The biggest of these is, of course, the long awaited, much maligned and slightly controversial appear offline option! We'll also be getting Discord-like groups, profiles, avatars and more. This is all going into beta right now and everyone can use it! Check out the full explanation and services below:
Introducing new social features now available in the beta version of the Blizzard Battle.net® desktop app: the new Social tab, Blizzard Groups, profiles, avatars, and the ability to appear offline! To help get these into as many players’ hands as possible, starting today the beta version of the app is open to you and your friends—no invitation required.
To switch to the beta version of the Blizzard Battle.net app, simply open your app settings, click on the Beta tab, and then click Switch to Beta Version.
These features are designed to give Blizzard players even more ways to stay connected, and we’re looking forward to continuing to evolve the app and build even more ways for you to stay in touch and join forces for your next adventure.
Our new Social tab is your one-stop-shop for managing all your various social interactions. Whether you’re chatting with a friend or engaged in our new Blizzard Groups, you’ll easily be able to pick up where you left off in all of your conversations.
Blizzard Groups are a new way for you to connect with your friends and plan your next mission. Players can create and join Groups based on their common interests. There, they can keep in touch, share strategies, and catch up on conversations they might have missed while offline.
Each Group can have multiple text and voice chat channels, and Group administrators have a variety of tools to help manage membership, send out invitation links, and more.
The Groups beta is available now in the Americas region. Head to the new Social tab to get the party started!
Let the Blizzard world know a little bit more about you by customizing your profile!
Your profile will allow you to select an avatar, share what’s on your mind with an About message, add links to where people can find you on social media, and more! You can also view profiles of other players if you’re curious about a pending friend request or what games a friend plays.
Players using the beta in the Americas region can customize their profile through the View Profile button in the app header and Friends List drop-downs.
Appear offline allows you to set your status to show you as “offline” to your Blizzard friends while remaining connected to Battle.net. This means you can launch the app and game away without distraction.
Appearing offline will show you as offline to everyone in your Blizzard friends list. Once you have joined a game, the experience of appearing offline might be slightly different depending on which game you are playing. In the case of World of Warcraft, your guildmates will see your character come online and enter WoW’s in-game chat channels, and anyone who has you as a character-level friend will see you online on their friends list. Everyone outside of the same game as you will not see you online or playing any games.
Do you see a friend who’s offline but you really want to send them a message while it’s on your mind? You can now send offline friends messages and they will receive them the next time they come online! While appearing offline you can still send and receive messages in the app, but it is up to you when you want to respond.
We know a lot of you have been looking forward to big updates like this, and we’re excited to roll them out and get your feedback. Thanks for helping us out!
Blizzard has updated the Battle.net app today with emoji support, chat history and friends listing.
Below are the latest patch notes of version 22.214.171.12497.
We made some updates to how you sort friends and other settings on your friends list:
"Group Favorites" Setting: Group all favorited friends together rather than being mixed throughout your friends list. "Sort by Activity" Setting: Friends will be grouped together when playing the same game or in Battle.net rather than sorted alphabetically. Showing and Hiding Offline Friends: You now have more control over how offline friends are displayed in your friends list. We also added chat history to make it easier to keep a conversation going.
Closing Battle.net no longer clears chats messages with friends. Messages will now be stored for 28 days. Last but not least, emoji support is here!
Feeling spunky, giddy, cranky, or any other emotion? Try copy and pasting emoji into chat messages! Bug Fixes
Fixed an issue that was preventing users from initializing Streaming on beta builds. Fixed a bug that caused games to sort incorrectly. Hearthstone will no longer become unresponsive in certain circumstances when Streaming is enabled.
Today isn't just a big day for WoW with patch 7.3, but we are also getting the Destiny 2 open beta! The consoles have had their go and the PC beta has already been improved based on the feedback from the console players. If you pre-ordered the game then you've been playing the beta since yesterday, but for the rest, you can now start downloading it on the Blizzard/Battle.net app and it will last through August 31st, so you'd better get in there in the three days that it's up!
Here are some videos to pass the time while the game downloads:
Some PC gameplay, from the first story mission:
Then we have the villain introduction:
And the big name NPCs that were so prominent in Destiny 1:
Not that it ever truly left, at least as far as players were concerned, but Blizzard have announced a return to the old naming convention, with a small addition. We will now have the "Blizzard Battle.net" name for the service!
The decision comes after a weird set of events where Blizzard wanted to move away from the original name, renaming the launcher the "Blizzard App", but then again referring to it as Battle.net during the Destiny 2 PC reveal, and then later calling it "an exception" . In any case, we welcome the old name back and are happy to see any confusion being resolved.
When we announced that we’d be transitioning away from the Battle.net name for our online-gaming service, we suspected that the shift would be challenging. We understood that Battle.net stood for something special—it represents years of shared history and enjoyment, community and friendship, for all of us and our players.
Battle.net is the central nervous system for Blizzard games and the connective tissue that has brought Blizzard players together since 1996. The technology was never going away, but after giving the branding change further consideration and also hearing your feedback, we’re in agreement that the name should stay as well. Take it from the developer formerly known as Silicon & Synapse, and Chaos Studios, names are important too.
Moving forward, to help offset some of the original concerns we listed back in September, we will be connecting “Blizzard” to “Battle.net” in our logo for the service and in general when we refer to it in print: Blizzard Battle.net.
We appreciate your feedback and look forward to many more years of bringing players together online.