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Blizzard's Next-Gen Battle.net Detailed for StarCraft 2, Diablo 3

Battle.net--Blizzard's online matchmaking portal and community for games including the Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo series--is getting some modern touch-ups in time for the releases of Diablo III and StarCraft II.

Fan site DIII.net has compiled a list of new features gleaned from statements from Blizzard higher-ups. Among the new expected features are:

  • Achievements
  • Clan support
  • Advanced friends list
  • In-game chat and voice chat
  • Enhanced cheat detection and punishment
  • Web community overhaul
  • Avatars
  • eSports support and automated tournaments
Most of these features are clearly the result of lessons learned from Blizzard's online juggernaut World of Warcraft, while new eSports features should satiate a competitive following frothing at the mouth for StarCraft II. The revamped Battle.net is expected to premiere with next year's probable release of RTS sequel StarCraft II.