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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. Hezo's Avatar
    Too many companies trying to copy Steam..
    Hopefuly you can still run the games without this client, unlike EA's Origin.
  1. Firann's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Hezo View Post
    Too many companies trying to copy Steam..
    Hopefuly you can still run the games without this client, unlike EA's Origin.
    You already have to sign in each time to play each game so why not sign in once and be done.

    Whats the difference signing in WoW or SC2 now than what they are making with the new client... I do not understand your logic...
  1. Velthy's Avatar
    Been waiting for a long time to be able to talk to my bnet friends without being in-game or without an active subscription.
  1. wolftech's Avatar
    Well, this might be the proverbial straw if I am forced to use this piece of shit launcher. More bloatware steam/origin type garbage.
  1. Monekop's Avatar
    Personally, i think this is a Blizzard Update, not a WoW update. "The big unannounced feature will have a cool impact on the game and is something they have been talking about for a long time." from this I read that the feature will be something to do with WoW itself and I am still thinking it will be an Item Journal - possiby including tabards. I dont really see that talking to bnet freinds cross game is a big feature, more of a convinient one.
  1. Clockwork Pinkie's Avatar
    Oh god no. Now I have to log in twice? Jesus fuck.
  1. razorsharp's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Naidia View Post
    Oh god no. Now I have to log in twice? Jesus fuck.
    No you have to think twice before you write what you think. It's Single Sign-On (SSO). Once logged into the launcher you just click 'Play WoW' or 'Play SC2' and you are in the game without logging into the specific game itself no more.
  1. La's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Monekop View Post
    Personally, i think this is a Blizzard Update, not a WoW update. "The big unannounced feature will have a cool impact on the game and is something they have been talking about for a long time." from this I read that the feature will be something to do with WoW itself and I am still thinking it will be an Item Journal - possiby including tabards. I dont really see that talking to bnet freinds cross game is a big feature, more of a convinient one.
    thanks captain obvious :P
  1. klaps_05's Avatar
    appearing offline is refering to invisible mode, not offline.

    i guess the desktop client is the unannounced 5.4 feature
  1. Oogzy's Avatar
    They mentioned this at a Blizzcon some years ago. Took their time, that's for sure.
  1. Qoo's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Oogzy View Post
    They mentioned this at a Blizzcon some years ago. Took their time, that's for sure.
    Not that that would be a surprise. Solution for faction imbalances on realms incoming by 2020, the problem exists only for several years so far.
  1. Oogzy's Avatar
    You know what? They're probably going to "announce" this at Blizzcon as they only go to conventions that aren't their own when they're announcing something.

    Interesting.
  1. TheCrusader's Avatar
    have been waiting for that tool for about 3 years now ...
    it would be nice if it really has a b.net chat attached to it, so you can check with your friends and see who's online before starting a game.
  1. Rédempteur's Avatar
    After Origin it was only a matter of time before this happened. Technology happens. As long as it is not the monumental EA failure, i'll be fine with it. The closer to steam it is, the happier i'll be.
  1. Adoxe's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by klaps_05 View Post
    appearing offline is refering to invisible mode, not offline.

    i guess the desktop client is the unannounced 5.4 feature
    Battle.net client has nothing to do with 5.4 / WoW, it's about all their games. Also it has already been announced before so no it's not the unannounced feature.
  1. madrox's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ViridianCC View Post
    Pretty redundant. What kind of PC developer isn't on Steam these days anyway? Just allow Steam integration into Blizz games. Ah, well.
    Yeah, coz I hear those monopoly things are super cool!!!!
  1. Volitar's Avatar
    I hope it isn't required I hate extra clients for no reason .
  1. Stormykitten's Avatar
    While the chat function is nice, it's going to suck rather much when we're at the point you need to run 5-10 clients just to play your favourite games.
  1. sociald1077's Avatar
    This seems like the perfect place to implement a proper voice service so we no longer need teamspeak/mumble/vent. It exists outside of the game, so if the game crashes, you dont lose voice.
  1. The_Butcher's Avatar
    Why does it say in one of those Mockup pictures about the Desktop Battle.net "Add Game Time" for Starcraft II?...
    Mockup or not, Starcraft II Should still be a F2P Game

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