New Social Features Now in Beta in the Blizzard Battle.net Desktop App
It took a little over five years, but Soon™ has finally arrived for Appear Offline! Join the MMO-Champion group by entering the code "N4O3FKWM" on the social tab.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
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.

Social Tab
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
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!


Profiles
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
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!
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Comments 127 Comments
  1. DesoPL's Avatar
    Yeah why making your block / friends list bigger, when you can make tons of useless shit to your app. Otherwise... Why put your games on steam which is supperior app, when you can make your own app and don't give a fuck?
  1. Eon Drache's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Enan1981 View Post
    Ha ha ha, honestly though im all for it... But this appear offline just seems passive aggressive lol. But then again back in AIM days, we would often make ourselves 'invisible' so people wont see us online.
    I find it great so many are attacking the offline feature and praising discord... do you all not realize "Invisible" is an option in discord? It is actually called Invisible too. Except if you've connected to things like steam or bnet it doesn't work as it says "Offline" but playing World of Warcraft lol
  1. Cavox's Avatar
    Here's an idea to make people more connected in Blizzard games.



    Free transfers.
  1. Drusin's Avatar
    Thank the fucking based black baby jesus. I've been praying for offline mode forever.
  1. MrLoque's Avatar
    What's the point of having offline mode if friends and guildmates can see you anyway? Being offline is supposed to be an option for those who want to login during the day without being noticed. Maybe because they're not in the mood, because they're in a hurry or any other personal reason. Who cares if "everyone else" can't see you... nobody ever cared about me outside guildmates and friends so they will still don't care. There is no logical reason to be "offline" for unknown players...
  1. ophion1990's Avatar
    They've actually done it, the absolute madmen.
  1. Affenkatzen18's Avatar
    Apart from Warlords of Draenor, this appear offline function is the biggest mistake in the company's history.
    Let's make a function where you can appear offline, so that you can become a loner! Already a sick amount of low pop realms out there, and while people may theoreticaly still will be online, I predict this will backfire some how.
    If you don't want to socialize in an MMORPG then, you are playing the wrong game.
  1. Doffer's Avatar
    I'm on EU and I have no beta tab or appear offline option. Everbodys talking like its available for them but I can't find anything
  1. phriah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eon Drache View Post
    I find it great so many are attacking the offline feature and praising discord... do you all not realize "Invisible" is an option in discord? It is actually called Invisible too. Except if you've connected to things like steam or bnet it doesn't work as it says "Offline" but playing World of Warcraft lol
    you can disable discord reporting what game you are playing under games in user settings

    Quote Originally Posted by Doffer View Post
    I'm on EU and I have no beta tab or appear offline option. Everbodys talking like its available for them but I can't find anything
    you have to enable the beta under battle net settings as its not in the stable release version yet. but its only appear offline for us in the eu right now
  1. Fabulicious's Avatar
    They can still see you joining/queuing in the "Quick Join" menu...
  1. Eon Drache's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by phriah View Post
    you can disable discord reporting what game you are playing under games in user settings



    you have to enable the beta under battle net settings as its not in the stable release version yet. but its only appear offline for us in the eu right now
    Didn't know that, cool! But it doesn't change the fact that everyone is praising discord and shitting on the battle.net having offline.
  1. MrLoque's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabulicious View Post
    They can still see you joining/queuing in the "Quick Join" menu...
    Guildmates and players who added your toon to their friends list will always see you. WoW players asked for a true "invisible" mode for years and Blizzard gave them a tool that will make them invisible to... unknown people only (who never cared about you anyway). On the other side the invisible mode works as intended for Overwatch, HOTS, Heartstone... Everything except WoW.
  1. Fabulicious's Avatar
    Well I tested it with a realID friend who can't see me online while we are both in WoW on both different realms and guilds and can see me in quick join.
  1. VanishO2's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrLoque View Post
    What's the point of having offline mode if friends and guildmates can see you anyway? Being offline is supposed to be an option for those who want to login during the day without being noticed. Maybe because they're not in the mood, because they're in a hurry or any other personal reason. Who cares if "everyone else" can't see you... nobody ever cared about me outside guildmates and friends so they will still don't care. There is no logical reason to be "offline" for unknown players...
    So you can actually play WoW without people bothering you to join them in OW/D3/SC2/HS/HotS/D2?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Affenkatzen18 View Post
    Apart from Warlords of Draenor, this appear offline function is the biggest mistake in the company's history.
    Let's make a function where you can appear offline, so that you can become a loner! Already a sick amount of low pop realms out there, and while people may theoreticaly still will be online, I predict this will backfire some how.
    If you don't want to socialize in an MMORPG then, you are playing the wrong game.
    Battle.net is not about WoW only anymore.

    If someone doesn't want to play WoW (or any other blizzard/activision games) at that time and instead play another one of said games, they can play without having to answer every single whisper asking them to leave their current game to join them on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabulicious View Post
    They can still see you joining/queuing in the "Quick Join" menu...
    Yes, but then you're playing WoW in that specific character. People playing OW/D3/HotS/HS/D2 (or guilds from other characters in WoW) won't be bothering you if you don't want it.

    It's so simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrLoque View Post
    Guildmates and players who added your toon to their friends list will always see you. WoW players asked for a true "invisible" mode for years and Blizzard gave them a tool that will make them invisible to... unknown people only (who never cared about you anyway). On the other side the invisible mode works as intended for Overwatch, HOTS, Heartstone... Everything except WoW.
    It's actually working as intended for all games.

    It's about Battle.net plataform, not WoW only. People from your Diablo 3 clan will see you online in Diablo 3, will see you receiving legendaries and achievements, all that.

    Talking about WoW only, unlike D3, your account is not linked to a guild, so you can have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... as many guilds as you want (and have characters for it), so you don't exactly stay online for every single guild you're part of anyway.

    But for the plataform where this really is planned for, battle.net, is working as intended.
  1. Fummockelchen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrLoque View Post
    Guildmates and players who added your toon to their friends list will always see you. WoW players asked for a true "invisible" mode for years and Blizzard gave them a tool that will make them invisible to... unknown people only (who never cared about you anyway). On the other side the invisible mode works as intended for Overwatch, HOTS, Heartstone... Everything except WoW.
    well if you need to be invisible to realID people you have other serious problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enan1981 View Post
    But then again back in AIM days, we would often make ourselves 'invisible' so people wont see us online.
    but thats wasnt a MMO....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megitsune View Post
    Agreed, but I have a feeling since they actually took the step to implement it into b.net, they'll eventually fully implement it into WoW too.
    It is implemented in wow. there will never be any other way than it is right now in wow because for example you cant be in a guild, online in that guild and NOT apear on that roster.... and I doubt after 14 years of spagethi code they can rewrite that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanishO2 View Post
    So you can actually play WoW without people bothering you to join them in OW/D3/SC2/HS/HotS/D2?
    Just talk to them and tell them you wanna play wow now? after all you put them on your FRIENDS list....
  1. ReleaseDay's Avatar
    I welcome this feature. "Appear as offline" doesnt' affect the player count. Just means you can come online without some people immediately knowing (i.e friends who you cba chatting with atm).


    Now I agree that Blizzard games added on steam = win for everyone.
  1. cface's Avatar
    Blizzard this day and age, can't even make a friggin offline mode. Steam have it, discord have it, what's so fucking hard?

    When I played Diablo, I refused to accept friend invites, just to stop saying no to everyone, 70% of the time. If I had offline mode, I could say yes close to 100% of the time. If you know anything about social interactions, you know the latter is a win. Nobody likes being told "no I don't want to play with you" so often.
  1. fatisha's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrLoque View Post
    What's the point of having offline mode if friends and guildmates can see you anyway? Being offline is supposed to be an option for those who want to login during the day without being noticed. Maybe because they're not in the mood, because they're in a hurry or any other personal reason. Who cares if "everyone else" can't see you... nobody ever cared about me outside guildmates and friends so they will still don't care. There is no logical reason to be "offline" for unknown players...
    That is handled by the WoW Client, this update was about the Desktop App. Different team is handling that one, I'm afraid.
  1. Sezerek's Avatar
    So many people here that have no clue that Bnet-Friendlist/Chat and WoW ingame Friendlist/Chat are 2 separate things and the Bnet-Stuff only got added to the already existing WoW Social stuff.
    Everyone was crying they want to appear offline in the Freaking BNET and its functionialities..and that is exactly what they got. MMOC at its best again.
  1. Mkgego's Avatar
    Guys guys mengsk, decard cain and fawkes teased for hots!!!??? Who knows...

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