Blizzard launches new Battle.net website

Good news, Blizzard fans. A new Battle.net has been unveiled, all nice and ready to go for public use. There's are a range of changes and the entire look has been overhauled, and there's been changes to the Battle.net accounts.

Now, you can merge your Battle.net account with your World of Warcraft account, or in fact, any other Blizzard account. Everything can be contained within one unified Battle.net account, making it easier to remember everything. Users of older games, such as StarCraft, Diablo or Warcraft III will still have to use their old Battle.net accounts, now called "Battle.net Classic."

If you're currently playing World of Warcraft, it's best to read the following from Blizzard's website: "Currently, creating a Battle.net account and merging World of Warcraft accounts is entirely optional. However, as we continue to build additional functionality into the new Battle.net, we will eventually require all active World of Warcraft accounts to migrate over to Battle.net Accounts in order to continue playing." Additionally, all upcoming Blizzard games will require a Battle.net account, so it's best to make one now, if you haven't already.

Feel free to head over now to Battle.net and enjoy all the changes and upgrades, and post your feedback on it in the comments below.

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Starcraft Anthology also includes the older "BattleChest" (the original name, in the US, for the same package); I fed in my CD Key from StarCraft, and it correctly identified it as an Anthology/BattleChest key, which means that I get the Brood War package back. I have no idea if *all* StarCraft CD keys are Anthology keys; however, it apparently *is* true of BattleChest keys. The entire Anthology is 1.22 GB to download. What will be interesting is if the graphics have been updated to fit the much better *hardware* (let alone software) I have now compared to the days of BattleChest. (Yes, I opted in to future Blizzard betas, which will use the new Battle.net exclusively, per previous announcements from Blizzard.)

"This should be fun." - Jim Raynor

I added my StarCraft key, and it added the StarCraft Anthology in my account. Ya, the expansion Brood Wars does not have a key. I bought the original and the expansion when they came out, I didn't buy the Anthology. Does this mean that people who bought just the original StarCraft back in the days, they get the Anthology to download? Which means you get Brood Wars for free, heh.

This is really cool. But I can't seem to find my StarCraft CD anywhere :(

I'll have to keep digging through my stuff to find it and enter the key. I've already entered D2 and D2:LoD. I never bought Warcraft 3 though.

Can anyone confirm that? I'd love to download StarCraft. I lost my CD a long time ago but I still have my CD-key. It'd definitely be nice if I could download the game and play it. It's a classic.

MitchLeBlanc said,
Confirmed. You can download game clients once a CD-Key is entered.

Wow! Who cares about look changes when there are these kind of changes!

There's a 'Blizzard Beta Opt-In' option under preferences. Here's what it says:

By opting in, this Battle.net account will have a chance to be invited to beta tests for upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games.

Could this be the prelude to a StarCraft II beta?

Anaron said,
There's a 'Blizzard Beta Opt-In' option under preferences. Here's what it says:

Could this be the prelude to a StarCraft II beta?


I ticked yes, in the hope that it is

This, seriously, the most awesome thing ever from Blizzard. I have been a loyal fan for many years (Starcraft, Warcraft, Diablo, WoW), and this is just great. I cannot put to words how useful this service has been to me and my long-time, now long-distance friends.

If you're currently playing World of Warcraft, it's best to read the following from Blizzard's website: "Currently, creating a Battle.net account and merging World of Warcraft accounts is entirely optional. However, as we continue to build additional functionality into the new Battle.net, we will eventually require all active World of Warcraft accounts to migrate over to Battle.net Accounts in order to continue playing." Additionally, all upcoming Blizzard games will require a Battle.net account, so it's best to make one now, if you haven't already.

Finally. I've been waiting to merge my Blizzard account with my WoW account for some time. :)

EDIT: Damn, for now it is only available to US accounts. Well, anytime now Blizzard.