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

9'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 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 is expected to premiere with next year's probable release of RTS sequel StarCraft II.
From The Chatty
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    September 3, 2008 10:03 AM

    #1 most wanted feature: not deleting accounts for inactivity :|

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      September 3, 2008 10:49 AM

      oh dude totally second that... replaying D2 right now and just thinking about the items I used to have pisses me off.

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      September 3, 2008 11:13 AM


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      September 3, 2008 12:34 PM

      I think there is a high chance that characters will be stored forever. To facilitate this, you'll likely be limited to just one account created per cdkey with a limited number of character slots. All of this and all blizzard games will use a universal "Blizzard account" and we can see that functionality already being tested with the wotlk beta.

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