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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. xilla's Avatar
    WOWX0
    WOWX1
    WOWX2
    WOWX3
    WOWX4
    WOWX5
    WOWX6
    WOWX7
    WOWX8
    WOWX9

    i believe there will be tons of more expansions in future.
  1. ComputerNerd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by F-Minus View Post
    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?
    Mockups are meant to give an initial impression of features or layout.
    Their content is often placeholder and not meant to be accurate.
    It is entirely possible that they meant to do WoW game time and someone did it wrong, or they simply did not care about getting that accurate.

    At present you can skip the launcher and only run it when you need to do updates.
    It is a reasonable assumption you can continue to do that.

    No new launcher yet has removed this option, so why the instant assumption that you HAVE to go through this one to reach the game.

    There are a lot of things Steam does right, so really is trying to take some of those on a bad thing ?
    Also I think the typical style of the World of Warcraft interface is outdated, and would benefit from a modern touch.
    The likes of the MiirGui @ wowinterface graphics replacements shows what I mean.

    Quote Originally Posted by seijo View Post
    OMG finally offline mode??? "You cannot send messages while you are appearing offline." Yes please.
    I think that only applies to the chat functionality and not actually in-game, though that has been discussed in the past and is not out of the question as far as I am aware.
  1. TCP's Avatar
    Does anybody know with which programming language/framework blizzard builds their desktop clients?
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by xilla View Post
    WOWX0
    WOWX1
    WOWX2
    WOWX3
    WOWX4
    WOWX5
    WOWX6
    WOWX7
    WOWX8
    WOWX9

    i believe there will be tons of more expansions in future.
    I don't think those strings refer to expansions.
  1. Solomodex's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaded5542 View Post
    10 bucks says this is the new patch 5.4 thing they were going on about.

    Where's my 10 bucks? im pist
  1. Dastreus's Avatar
    Will you need to have an active subscription to use this, or can I use it for free to talk with people I used to be in WoW with before I quit?
  1. revowow's Avatar
    Well Next post hopefully can post links
  1. Bl4ckSh33p's Avatar
    Looks great!
    But still no beta mail in my inbox.
  1. Elapo's Avatar
    brb, buying more RAM...

    No seriously, with steam often using 100+ MB and origin around 80, this might become fun in the future.
  1. Godavari's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Marlamin View Post
    Nope, when you launch WoW through the client it skips the login screen and logs you in automatically.
    so no more awesome log in screen animations? (except dragons)
  1. wickedbastard's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Elapo View Post
    brb, buying more RAM...

    No seriously, with steam often using 100+ MB and origin around 80, this might become fun in the future.
    Because RAM is so expensive and you only have 1gb right?
  1. Aeluron Lightsong's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    I don't think those strings refer to expansions.
    Yes, it does. It says WOW. They're most likely planning ahead of time so the code works correctly. Yeah few days late but better late then never :-P
  1. Danielvonluchau's Avatar
    So no more login screens? :O
  1. Arby's Avatar
    Amirite, you have a set of predesigned avatars and no other chance to use a personalized one like eg. the WoW's forum avatar? That's sooo nineties...

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