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Blizzard has updated the Battle.net app today with emoji support, chat history and friends listing.
Below are the latest patch notes of version 188.8.131.5297.
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.
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.
We already saw the big gameplay reveal and announcement that Destiny 2 was coming to PC via battle.net, but now we know when as well! It's the height of E3 at the moment, so it's no surprise the news came today: while the console versions will be out over a month and a half earlier on September 6th, the PC will be getting the game on October 24th and you can pre-order it now:
Placeholder for tweet 874455946499510276 There's also a new trailer, unfortunately showcasing a lot of PS4 exclusive content, but it's still worth a watch as it focuses on the main bad guy of the game:
And here's the official customer support post to go with the pre-order news:
Breaking News: Destiny 2 Pre-purchase Support
Welcome Guardians new and old! Blizzard is pleased to be working alongside Bungie to support the release of Destiny 2 on PC. Whether you are a currently part of the Blizzard community or just joining us, we want to make sure you have a great experience with Destiny 2. Below you will find some common issues players encounter when setting up, or recovering a Blizzard account as well as some helpful troubleshooting should you run into any issues with your purchase of Destiny 2.
New Blizzard Accounts Having a Blizzard account is required to purchase and play Destiny 2 for PC. To create a Blizzard account, please visit the account creation page here. If you are creating the account for a minor child, please create the account using the parent or guardians’ information. This can be updated later once the minor has reached the age of majority.
Existing Blizzard Accounts If you already have a Blizzard account, you are one step closer to purchasing Destiny 2 for PC! Login and visit the online shop to begin your order process!
If you are unable to log in with your Blizzard account, please check the articles below:
Completing Your Purchase Once you are logged in, you can find Destiny 2 for PC available on our online shop. Select the version of Destiny 2 that you wish to purchase and proceed using the Pre-purchase for Windows button. A list of accepted payment methods is available here. Keep in mind that the Blizzard online shop does not currently allow purchases to be split across multiple payment methods.
A Blizzard rep says the mentions at the Destiny 2 event were a one time thing and it's still called Blizzard Launcher.
There was a lot of speculation after the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal event where Mike Morhaime showed up at the end to announce the game would be coming to PC exclusively, since he said it was coming to "Battle.net" specifically. Just in case people thought he might have misspoken, the same was repeated many times in the accompanying press release, which was strange since Blizzard retired the Battle.net name and re-branded it to Blizzard App in March.
The speculation was mostly about whether Blizzard had changed their minds, or whether Battle.net was indeed still the name of the general framework and it was only the launcher that was renamed or something else entirely. In any case and, pretty ironically, it all sounded very confusing which was exactly what Blizzard was trying to avoid by renaming it in the first place, as you can read in their original announcement from last year.
Well, as it turns out the Destiny 2 event was a one time thing, as a Blizzard representative confirmed to Polygon:
Well, that at least clears things up, right? It seems the Battle.net name was too recognizable not to use for the Destiny 2 PC announcement, but they're sticking with the change after that.
Bungie and Blizzard join forces to bring Destiny 2 to the PC.
Update: It seems the release date for Destiny 2 on PC will be a little later than the September 8th mark, as PCGamer found out. The actual PC release date will be announced "in the coming weeks".
The big Destiny 2 gameplay reveal stream just finished and had a surprise cameo by Blizzard's very own Mike Morhaime, announcing that the franchise's arrival on PC will happen exclusively via Blizzard's own Battle.net service. This means all your friends lists from Blizzard games will be right there on Destiny 2's launch, making it much easier to get going in this new MMO and you'll also be able to purchase the game using Blizzard balance! It also makes a lot of sense since Activision is publishing Bungie's Destiny franchise so Battle.net is the perfect fit. Here's a couple of trailers for the game in case you weren't familiar with it:
The game launches September 8 and here's Blizzard's official post on the matter:
We want to let everyone know that a new game will be appearing alongside your favorite Blizzard games—one that’s a little different from what you might normally expect. Bungie’s upcoming first-person action game Destiny 2 will be joining the party! We’re excited to announce that we're partnering with Bungie and Activision to support the PC version of Destiny 2 exclusively via Battle.net.
We’re big fans of Destiny here at Blizzard, and we’re honored to be able to help the talented folks at Bungie and Activision bring their much-anticipated sequel to a new platform. Being on Battle.net will allow Destiny 2 to plug in to our existing global network, freeing up the developers at Bungie to focus their energy and resources on making the best and most fun game they possibly can. This also means Destiny 2 players will have access to our online social functionality, including chat with friends, the ability to see which of their friends are online in Destiny 2 or in Blizzard games, and the ability to stream gameplay directly to Facebook.
See the FAQ below for further platform details, and stay tuned for updates as we get closer to welcoming Destiny 2 and its players to Battle.net. To learn more about Destiny 2, head over to www.destinythegame.com.
Why are you adding a non-Blizzard game to Blizzard's platform?
We loved Destiny and think Destiny 2 is going to be a great game. Blizzard has an established and successful global internet infrastructure we’ve used for years to support our own games. Creating a new network client for Destiny 2, which is bringing the franchise to PC for the first time, would needlessly extend the development period for the game. We want to get our hands on Destiny 2 as soon as possible like everybody else, so we offered to share our PC platform with our sister companies for this release.
Does this mean other games are going to come to the Blizzard platform too?
Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2. Aside from potentially evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we don’t have any short- or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net. It’s important to us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we’re putting in front of our players, which represents a big investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we’re jumping into lightly.
Does this mean I'll be able to use my Blizzard Balance to purchase Destiny 2?
Will Destiny 2 offer the same cross-game social features that Blizzard titles currently have?
Destiny 2 will be integrated into many of Blizzard’s existing social features—you’ll be able to chat with friends playing Destiny 2 the same way you already can for Blizzard games. Players will also be able to add friends and form parties the same way Blizzard gamers can. And, you’ll see a Destiny 2 status icon by your friends who are playing Destiny 2 the same way you do for friends playing StarCraft II, Diablo III, WoW, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.
Where and when will Destiny 2 on PC be available?
We’re excited to work with Bungie to bring the PC version of Destiny 2 to every region Blizzard currently operates in. Bungie is actively working through the global details. We look forward to sharing additional information later this year.
Who will be operating Destiny 2’s servers?
Bungie will maintain Destiny 2’s servers; Blizzard’s servers will be used for features related to the Blizzard platform, such as login and social functionality.
And what about customer service?
Destiny 2’s gameplay customer service will be handled by Bungie; Blizzard will handle customer service for platform and shop issues specific to our service.
Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all information, including forward-looking information, is current as of May 18, 2017 only. Blizzard and Activision Blizzard undertake no duty to update or revise any forward-looking information contained herein. For more detailed information, please refer to Activision Blizzard’s reports and filings with the SEC.
And here's the full VoD of the event, with Mike Morhaime showing up at the 2h06min mark.