Battle.net 2.0 feature list

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Diablo III fan site DIII.net has a list of known and rumored features in Blizzard's revised Battle.net online gaming service. Battle.net has fallen by the wayside since it's late nineties heyday but when Blizzard spoke to Kotaku back in June they were keen to stress that the new 'n' improved service would be a centerpiece of the Diablo III and StarCraft II experience. The confirmed list is after the jump, but the rumors include an Achievements system, Accountability (to track cheaters and those who use hacks) and Voice Over IP in-game chat. Multiplayer has come a long way since the turn of the century, of course. Do we still need something like Battle.net?Features that DIII have been able to get Blizzard to confirm: * Excellent Ping * Channels and Chat in-game * Ladders and Rankings, secured against cheating. * Extended stats, with possibility to see who D/C etc * AMM-type Matchmaking * Avatars, Images and Icons to represent yourself * Diablo III Hardcore mode * Friends/Ignore Lists with advanced management * Clan Support * Automated Tournaments Definite Battle.net 2.0 Features [DIII via Slashdot]

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DISCUSSION

Hmmm this list looks familiar... Let's see...

Excellent Ping

Thanks to the fact more and more players have Broadband, this is already, usually, a truth for all [b.net] games.

Channels and Chat in-game

Channels are brand new but chat isn't.

Ladders and Rankings, secured against cheating.

Not new at all.

Extended stats, with possibility to see who D/C etc

Not new thanks to WC3.

AMM-type Matchmaking

Not new thanks to WC3.

Avatars, Images and Icons to represent yourself

Not new thanks to WC3.

Diablo III Hardcore mode

Not new at all.

Friends/Ignore Lists with advanced management

Not new at all.

Clan Support

If they're talking about the "clan channels" that they already implemented, they still don't really understand what the true definition of "clan support" is.

Automated Tournaments

Not new thanks to WC3.

So, yeah, only 1 thing seems to be brand new here and that's channel talking while in-game.

Pardon me but... so what? Who needs a list of things that we already know [battle.net] does?