Paul Sams widened everyone’s knowledge on what exactly Battle.net 2.0 is and why it caused the delay of Starcraft II release date. The social aspect of Battle.net is not complete, and there is much more Blizzard hasn’t talked about concerning cool features. Battle.net 2.0 is going to be similar to facebook in some ways, keeping friends together across all Blizzard games. If you missed our 15 screenshots of Battle.net 2.0 features, there are two images of how the chat interface looks like.
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|What do you see as the cross-company and cross-product benefits of the Battle.net platform?
Paul Sams: Well, first of all, from a player perspective, you’re going to be able to communicate with people that are on Battle.net. Right now, if you’re on WoW, and your friend’s playing Starcraft or Diablo or whatever, you’ve got to figure out where they are through different communication means. And so you’re in a situation where you’ve almost got to come out of the game to be able to do that. We’re going to integrate the games so you’re going to know when your friends are on and be able to create all sorts of play dates, so to speak.
It’s such a huge element, social networking, I don’t know about you – if you have a favourite social networking site – I’m traditionally not that guy who does that sort of stuff. I like to go old school and pick up the phone and talk to friends. I might text a little bit here or there but, at the end of the day, I like to hear my friends voices. In the last six months I’ve gotten into Facebook, and it was because I wanted to do some research related to social networking because of the stuff we’re doing with Battle.net. And what I found was, all these people that I’d lost touch with found me and I started talking to them and seeing what they were up to.
With Battle.net, there will be a lot of these types of elements. Beyond that though it’ll be friends that I’ve lost touch with that are also into the same thing as me, which is games. And into Blizzard games at that. There are a lot of cool features – the developers are much better at describing all the cool interconnectivity between all the games, but I feel like – knowing what that feature set is – it’s going to be an awesome experience. It’s something that I think we’re going to be able to view unlike any other games companies out there.