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Battle.net Desktop Client
The new Battle.net desktop client has been tested internally for some time now. It appears that testing is nearly here, as the Battle.net support site has been updated with related help articles.

Currently only a Windows version has appeared for testing, but by the looks of the jobs page, a OS X version is in development as well. Unfortunately we are only able to see the offline mode for now, but there are a lot of features in the mockups.

Keep in mind this is not an official preview, and many, many, many things will change before release.

  • This replaces the launcher for all Blizzard games, and works similar to the current launchers, with background updates, repair tool, and more.
  • Chat with Battle.net friends across every Battle.net enabled game.
  • News - You can see all of the news from the various Battle.net game sites in the client.
  • Store - NYI?
  • Forums - NYI?
  • Profiles - NYI?


Install and Launcher



News View



Launcher



Settings



Battle.Net Client Mockups
These do not represent the final client at all, just a snapshot of development plans in the past. The final client will not look like this.



Client Avatars
These are likely to be the avatars that you can pick from when creating a Battle.net profile.



Client Backgrounds




News Backgrounds



Misc Screenshots



Support Pages
Some of the Battle.net support pages have been updated to reflect the new client:



Client Strings
This is just a small selection of strings, including the more interesting ones.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • {target} is already blocked.
  • {target} is not blocked.
  • An error occurred while attempting to block {target}. Please try again.
  • An error occurred while attempting to report {target}. Please try again.
  • An error occurred while attempting to unblock {target}. Please try again.
  • AppearOffline
  • Are you sure you want to reset your Friend Settings back to their default values? This does not change your General or Game Settings.
  • Available
  • Battle.net could not process update information received from the server. Please contact Customer Support.
  • Battle.net is in maintenance. Please try again later.
  • BNET_ACCOUNT_INVISIBLE:
  • BNET_ACCOUNT_INVISIBLE_TIME:
  • Creating new friend request for battletag:
  • Creating new friend request for email:
  • Creating new friend request for id:
  • D3X1
  • Flash the program icon or window when I receive a message outside my active chat window
  • Friend request sent to {friend}!
  • globalplay
  • isBanned
  • isBanned_levelinfo
  • isBeta
  • isLifeTime
  • isRecurringSubscription
  • isRestricted
  • isStarterEdition
  • isSubscription
  • isSuspended
  • isSuspended_levelinfo
  • isTrial
  • isUnlimitedPlayTime
  • minutesRemaining
  • parentalDailyMinutesRemaining
  • parentalWeeklyMinutesRemaining
  • playTimeExpires
  • program_levelinfo
  • S2X1
  • Show mutual friends
  • suspensionExpires
  • suspensionExpires_levelinfo
  • The Block List is a list of other players you have previously blocked communication from. You may unblock players from this list at any time.
  • There is no time left on your game account. Please add game time and try again.
  • There was an error accepting the friend request from {friend}.
  • There was an error delivering your message to {target}.
  • There was an error reporting {target}. Please try again.
  • There was an error sending a friend request to {friend}.
  • There was an error updating friend data. Please try again. If this problem persists, please contact Customer Support.
  • This account has been canceled. If you did not request this cancellation, please contact Customer Support.
  • This license is restricted to a different region. Please switch your region and try again. If this problem persists, please contact Customer Support.
  • This license is restricted to the Korean region.
  • This license is restricted to the Latin American region.
  • This license is restricted to the Russian region.
  • This license is restricted to the Taiwanese region.
  • ViewFriendsOfFriendWindow
  • WOWX0
  • WOWX1
  • WOWX2
  • WOWX3
  • WOWX4
  • WOWX5
  • WOWX6
  • WOWX7
  • WOWX8
  • WOWX9
  • You are already friends with {friend}.
  • You cannot block someone on your friends list.
  • You cannot block yourself.
  • You cannot log in at this time because your account has parental control restrictions in place.
  • You cannot perform this action because your account settings have RID disabled.
  • You cannot perform this action, because {friend} is not your friend.
  • You cannot send a friend request to yourself.
  • You cannot send messages while you are appearing offline.
  • You can't accept a friend request from {friend} because you have blocked this person.
  • You can't accept this friend request because {friend} already has the maximum number of friends.
  • You can't accept this friend request because you already have the maximum number of friends.
  • You can't send a friend request to {friend} because you have blocked this person.
  • You have already sent a friend request to {friend}. It is currently pending.
  • You have applied a mobile phone lock to your account. To unlock your account, call your account lock phone number, or contact Customer Support.
  • You must create a BattleTag before you can connect to Battle.net.
  • Your account has been banned. Please contact Customer Support.
  • Your account has been locked for security reasons. Please contact Customer Support.
  • Your account has been suspended. Please contact Customer Support.
  • Your account is not yet included in the Battle.net desktop application beta test.
  • Your block list is full.
  • Your cached login details have expired. Please log in to Battle.net again. If this problem persists, please contact Customer Support.
  • Your CPU does not meet the minimum recommended specs for this product. If you continue, your gameplay experience may be unsatisfactory.
  • Your friend request no longer exists.
  • Your friend request to {friend} was not sent because you are squelched.
  • Your friend request was not sent, because {friend} already has the maximum number of friends.
  • Your friend request was not sent, because {friend} has the maximum number of unanswered friend requests.
  • Your friend request was not sent, because you already have the maximum number of friends.
  • Your friend request was not sent, because you have the maximum number of pending requests. Please wait until someone responds, or delete some.
  • Your login attempt has timed out. Please try again.
  • Your login details were incorrect. Please try again.
  • Your message is too long.
  • Your message to {target} could not be delivered. Please try again.
  • Your message to {target} was not delivered because you are squelched.
  • Your message was not delivered because {target} is offline.
  • Your message was not delivered because the recipient is invalid.
  • Your operating system does not meet the minimum specs for this product. This installation will be canceled.
  • Your preferred language is not available for {game_name}. If you continue {game_name} will be installed in the default language.
  • Your system does not meet the minimum recommended specs for this product. If you continue, your gameplay experience may be unsatisfactory.
  • Your system memory does not meet the minimum recommended specs for this product. If you continue, your gameplay experience may be unsatisfactory.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Battle.net Desktop Client started by chaud View original post
Comments 174 Comments
  1. mikisulu's Avatar
    Normally in the Service panel it has the character transfer service as the first service. Because that is the most used service. In the mockup transfer service does not appear.
    Shall i take that as a hint about realms or what.
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    Don't tell me this is the big new feature.
  1. serenka's Avatar
    yay! been asking for this for a while!

    ---------- Post added 2013-06-04 at 10:15 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenbeef View Post
    Please don't be the new 5.4 feature....

    i don't think it is, the new feature was suppose to be just for WoW as far as we know, this is blizzard games as a whole. it might be the new feature, but not likely.
  1. Beriohtarion's Avatar
    Would be something if Activision jumped in with Battle.net now and ditched steam for the new CoD etc...
  1. ViridianWRA's Avatar
    Pretty redundant. What kind of PC developer isn't on Steam these days anyway? Just allow Steam integration into Blizz games. Ah, well.
  1. Farora's Avatar
    I'd just focus on making your games better Blizzard, instead of trying to squeeze more money out of declining IPs.
  1. F-Minus's Avatar
    Seriously tho, I already hate when I have to run Origin next to Steam and now I'll have to run this crap. Few years down the road, every publisher will have it's own Steam alike app and my computer will be running 50 of those in the background or what.

    Not gonna happen.


    EDIT: also since when does StarCraft 2 subscription based and requires game time to be added?
  1. Serissa's Avatar
    WTF is this sh#t? O.o Make it small like current launcher! FFS /angry
  1. siafu's Avatar
    yeahy... another steam like? origin like? uplay like? app. just what i needed...
  1. serenka's Avatar
    will this make us not need wow login screen anymore? if we sign into this client, and launch wow will it take us right to char/realm select screen? seems annoying if we have to login twice.
  1. Mohveli's Avatar
    Its gonna act as login screen for sure. Atleast I hope so. Then you just slam some serious servers for that login and they won't have any login error lol33 problems.
    Oh well might as well use this and only login to steam for sale's.
  1. Terning's Avatar
    Think I found a error in one of the Pictures under "Battle.Net Client Mockups" the middle picture... It says "Free Services"...

    I mean Blizzard dont use the term "Free", clearly it must be a mistake..
  1. Kalx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by F-Minus View Post
    EDIT: also since when does StarCraft 2 subscription based and requires game time to be added?
    In Brazil, Starcraft 2 was first sold as a subscription based game, which made the game much cheaper for brazilian costumers, which are used to paying extremely high prices for games (something that thankfully has been changing in the last few years). The game came with a 6-month subscription on the box and the option to make a "lifetime" upgrade for the same price you bought the game in the first place (which was around $20, which makes the total $40)

    Also as a bit of trivia, WoW's subscription in Brazil is also half the price ($7,50 vs $15) or even cheaper if you own a particular ISP (you get the battle chest for free and the subscription is lowered to $6)
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Terning View Post
    Think I found a error in one of the Pictures under "Battle.Net Client Mockups" the middle picture... It says "Free Services"...

    I mean Blizzard dont use the term "Free", clearly it must be a mistake..
    FCMs are free.
  1. Ceece's Avatar
    I like this a lot. One step closer to my Bnet friends.
  1. Kryos's Avatar
    Who cares. Starcraft players could care less about WoW and Diablo players and WoW players do not care about Starcraft. So who except unemployed people with way too much time need a unified surface for all Blizzard games? My guess is, that in the future we will have to play a "Blizzard sub" to play all the Blizzard games. That way they can add new games without loosing sub money. If they for example release Titan 2016 many would quit their WoW sub to play Titan. But if you have a Blizzard sub, you can play both and continue to pay your sub...
  1. serenka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nerraw View Post
    FCMs are free.
    so is WoW until level 20 or so and Diablo is also free for part of it.
  1. titcch's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Aeluron Lightsong View Post
    Most likely planning ahead of time. Wouldn't be surprised if it was true anyways.


    OT: I like the look of this!
    I expect the WoWX numbers are for players with multiple accounts on one battle.net, not 9 planned expansions.
  1. Kryos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by titcch View Post
    I expect the WoWX numbers are for players with multiple accounts on one battle.net, not 9 planned expansions.
    X = cross = crossrealm
  1. Marlamin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kryos View Post
    X = cross = crossrealm
    Nope, internally Blizzard always refer to their expansions by product initials + X + expansion number.

    S2X1 is the first expansion for Starcraft II.

    D3X1 is the first expansion for Diablo 3.

    WOWX1 = TBC
    WOWX2 = WotLK
    WOWX3 = Cataclysm
    WOWX4 = MoP
    WOWX5 = Whatever they're announcing at BlizzCon.

    They probably incremented to 9 because it's not much effort to do so. It does not mean anything regarding the number of planned expansions.

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