Battle.net has been a part of Blizzard's gaming presence since the days of Diablo 2, and over the years it's been integrated so thoroughly into Blizzard's games that other companies have basically tried to rip it off, with mixed success.
Players tend to invest a lot of time and in some cases money into their Blizzard Battle.net accounts.
Well, this is some different last-minute news.
When Blizzard Battle.net implemented digital gifting back in October, Heroes of the Storm was the odd game out.
In addition to the ability to gift digital goods to your friends, Blizzard has outlined a host of new social features coming to the Blizzard Battle.net platform.
Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, Blizzard Battle.net has finally begun implementing the ability to send digital goods as gifts to your friends.
Later this year, Blizzard is switching pricing on the Battle.net store from USD to local currency in Canada, Japan and New Zealand.
Are we finally getting offline mode? Yes! The beta version of the Blizzard Battle.net launcher is live right now and includes several new social options -- including appear offline.
Battle.net has had some tumultuous times over its existence. This November 30 Battle.net will turn 21, and like any service that old it's evolved and grown with the times. It started as basically a chat bot and matchmaking system and has changed over time as the industry changed. To be fair, some of those changes were in response to it, or could even be said to be in mimicry of it -- lots of companies over the years have taken the basic idea of Battle.net and run with it.
In a move that will likely upset no one but quite possibly cause a lot of people to go, "Huh?