Revamped Battle.net taking a cue from Xbox LIVE

With the “it’s done when it’s done” design philosophy for Starcraft II meaning a tragic yet understandable 2010 release, it seems like many of us are wondering why Battle.net was cited as a reason for the delay. Courtesy of Gamasutra, we have got some answers.

Activision’s leading man Bobby Kotick says that the intention is to make Battle.net “the foundation for connecting tens of millions in the Blizzard community in a social gaming network across all Blizzard’s future games.” He also compared the service to Xbox LIVE saying Starcraft II and World of Warcraft would be the first to utilize it.

Blizzard president Mike Morhaime was also able to chime in on the matter, saying “we recognize that we only get one chance to make a first impression.” The ambitious new Battle.net will “add social networking features, cross-game communications, unified log-in and account management and more” on top of the current feature set.

This all sounds really exciting to me. Although it’s sad we won’t get Starcraft II this year, the delay can only be a good thing for the state of both Battle.net and the game itself. Now please, guys, don’t delay any more games — especially not Borderlands.

Jordan Devore
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