World of Warcraft requiring Battle.net registration Nov. 11

All players of MMORPG must log on via Blizzard's online gaming service starting next month.

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During August's BlizzCon 2009, Blizzard vice president of game design Rob Pardo laid out his vision for the future of Battle.net. After nearly six years without major changes, the online service is in the midst of a major overhaul--an overhaul that was partly to blame for Starcraft II being delayed until 2010.

Soon, Battle.net will be giving impatient Blizzard fans another reason to grumble. Blizzard has announced that, starting November 11, World of Warcraft will be accessible only through Battle.net. According to a post on the game's official Web site, players who do not have a Battle.net account must register with the service--at no charge--before they can join the 11-million-plus players in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

"A few months ago, we unveiled the Battle.net account, our new way for players to log in to World of Warcraft and future Blizzard games, sign up for upcoming beta tests, shop the online Blizzard Store, and more with just one username and password," read the Blizzard announcement. "This was just the first step in the rollout of the brand-new Battle.net; in the future, players will be able to use Battle.net to participate in cross-realm chat in World of Warcraft, create real-life friends lists, communicate across different games, and a whole lot more."

To compensate WOW players for the inconvenience of having to register with Battle.net, Blizzard will give existing accounts who sign up with the service an in-game penguin pet. After November 11, new WOW players will have to sign up through Battle.net to access the MMORPG. To answer user inquiries, Blizzard has posted a FAQ with more details on the process of--and reasons behind--the mandatory merger.

Discussion

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conmose
conmose

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Captinkidd
Captinkidd

I think Mr. Chilly is worth 10 minutes of your time to actually go to the website and just merge the mailing address with your WOW account, plus everyone is doing it (peer pressure)

SeargantGoat
SeargantGoat

How big of a hassle is it? Not very big, I'd wager, and it's a one shot deal.

AceCometh
AceCometh

A Penguin pet is all we get for going through that hassle? Really?

Vulpis
Vulpis

@majere613 Indeed--I mean, the loss of LAN-play isn't that important to me *personally* as I'm all about the single-player campaign, but as far as I can tell I'm in the minority of SC players. :-) It seems really stupid for Blizzard to alienate a major portion of their SC1 market like this. :-/

Vorodor21
Vorodor21

@FoeCrusher This isn't about them wanting more control, and this isn't their version of Steam. Playing their games that have offline versions shouldn't be affected at all. WoW is a different animal because you can only play it online. They're simply consolidating their online versions under one log-in. People that are expecting some sort of apology for the inconvenience need to return to reality. This whole "the customer is always right" has gotten way out of hand. We're lucky to even be getting an in-game pet, Blizz could have just made the change and not given out anything. Take your free penguin and stop complaining.

Vorodor21
Vorodor21

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Megamanx266
Megamanx266

@FoeCrusher How is this in ANY way pushing advertising? Granted any company wants to generate as much revenue as possible with as little risk to themselves or their customers (unless they have no soul like Craptivision). I'm sure you'll still be able to play SC2 and D3 offline, you just wouldn't be able to go online if your internet was down ;)

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Face it they want more control, they want to be able to push advertising and they are looking for ways to generate more revenue. Downloadable content is the future of all gaming and they aren’t going to let a little annoyance like accounts getting hacked stop them from going that route. I also see these portals as a way of limiting piracy. If you have to log into Battlenet to play the game it adds one more layer that has to be altered by hacked copies. My biggest concern is that when my connection is down that I can’t play the games I want even if they aren’t online games. Foe

majere613
majere613

@Vulpis Hallejujah Brother! I know SCII lost at least 4 sales amongst my LAN posse, and I doubt we're the only ones.

Swampthing
Swampthing

Really now... who DIDN'T see this coming months ago when they began offering the option? It was pretty obvious to me that Blizz was going to consolidate everything sooner or later. Now the time has come...

02sfraser
02sfraser

i changed my WoW account to battle.net about a month or 2 ago. can't remember why i just did. only thing that changes is you use your e-mail address instead of a username and you can access everything blizzard has to offer with that one account. it just makes things easier for Blizzard and only takes a couple of minutes to change. it's not big deal

Leonagard
Leonagard

well I didn't see anything wrong with that... and they will take care off issues if those come up... don't worries btw Im not playing it anymore...

Sliveron
Sliveron

The biggest thing I see this doing is actually PROTECTING the game world. Users will no longer be able to sell accounts, Correct?

NuKkU
NuKkU

dude they will lose alot of business i think people who stop playing the games for a few months will come back to it and be like WTF

PhoenixHawk06
PhoenixHawk06

lol whiners. A MINUTE OF MY LIFE IS GONE, BLIZZARD. GONE.

Vulpis
Vulpis

Heh. There *is* a lot of whining here--but so far, I've only seen two particularly valid complaints--and one of them's not so much about WoW players at all. 1) Account security. Definitely a 'putting all your eggs in one basket' thing here, even more so than on Steam (though I'd be rather upset to have my game library from Steam stolen. The achievements, I don't care so much about). OTOH, this *may* be, as some claim, a bit of greed on Blizzard's part to sell those authentication keys... 2) The removal of LAN play in favor of requiring internet access. This..pretty much kills one of the popular points of Starcraft (as well as many FPS games), the ability to have 'LAN parties' where everyone's in the same physical location, playing over the LAN and most importantly *not needing outside access*, just the routers. Internet-only kills this, since in order to host something approximating a LAN party now, not only do you need to make sure that the site has an accessible internet connection, that connection would have to have sufficient bandwidth to support all the players playing with minimal/no slowdown--which rather severely limits the number of people that can actually participate--and splitting up the site defeats the entire purpose of the LAN party in the first place. Granted, there *is* some reason to understand Blizzard's 'Waaah, but most of them will be using warez copies anyway!' stand, but still...

majere613
majere613

I've long since left WoW behind, but this really does sound like a security problem waiting to happen. Doubtless at some point soon we'll be told Diablo III requires Battle.net too. I also have to wonder whether the chat functions will effectively allow cross-faction chat, or if that will continue to be blocked.

cyborg100000
cyborg100000

"as long as it's not running in the background taking resources away from the game, I could really care less. But if performance drops because of it, I will be pissed." Same.

J0nGalt
J0nGalt

Big freaking deal. You need to sign up for battle.net. Waaaaaaah! Steam is an amazing service and I hope Bnet is as successful and user friendly.

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

For an inconvenience like this, I'd want some honor or at least a gold or two as an apology. Non-combat pets ain't my cup of meat.

sd403
sd403

I'm not big on this. My wife and I only play WoW, and might go for Diablo III later on...but every guildmate and friend that converted earlier (especially when they used the Mountain Dew battle-bot pet as incentive) got hacked. All of them have since ponied up for the RSA-type token/authenticator. Looks like I'll be visting the Blizzard store for two of them myself before Nov. 11th.

zomglolcats
zomglolcats

I don't get why people would care about this. Heck it's convenient. If you enter your CD keys on your bnet account, you can download your Blizzard games whenever you want.

VincentMorte
VincentMorte

So it seems, Blizzard has turned B.net into something a little bit more like Valve's Steam and xbox Live. Which is all fine by me, I think it was the only right move. Good job Blizz.

halomonkey1_3_5
halomonkey1_3_5

"I remember hearing something that once you link it to a Battle.net account you can't unlike it. Which screws you over if you want to give the account away to someone else or sell the time you spent playing the account." except that both those situations can get that account banned...and are against the WoW TOS.

lonewolf1044
lonewolf1044

It is okay with me, I see no problem in what Blizzard is trying to do.

grimg
grimg

The only experience I've had with battle.net making a difference is being kept out of playing for server maintenance or something, due to being with american version by accident with a UK account. So when they did maintenence over there it stopped me from logging in. So bad vibes to me. But maybe thats rare? Idk.

leavitt-josh
leavitt-josh

I've had my WoW account merged into Battle.net for a while, and it's actually kind of a cool idea. It does seem to be Blizz's version of Steam, but you don't have to worry about losing your WC3 or SC or even WoW discs -- you can download the software from your account.

-Celeste-
-Celeste-

I remember hearing something that once you link it to a Battle.net account you can't unlike it. Which screws you over if you want to give the account away to someone else or sell the time you spent playing the account.

ZIROPC360
ZIROPC360

Not a bad idea. It's not too inconvenient, and if people make this out to be a big issue... then they're simply overreacting.

JamesSoprano
JamesSoprano

Diablo is sooo much better then World Of Warcraft

zaphod_b
zaphod_b

If the service is done right, this could be a good thing. Cross-realm and cross-game chat is definitely a plus.

bowlingotter
bowlingotter

So it's like Blizzard's version of Steam, eh? "Soon, Battle.net will be giving impatient Blizzard fans another reason to grumble." I don't really see the downside. Who's grumbling?

angelGP32
angelGP32

as long as it's not running in the background taking resources away from the game, I could really care less. But if performance drops because of it, I will be pissed.

bigZmanship
bigZmanship

damn good idea that'll help lazor down the gold farmers.

M__N__M
M__N__M

And a new steam is born

Slizergiy
Slizergiy

In my opinion, the creating a new Battle.net account and murging the WoW account with it wasn't that much of a pain. Actualy it was rather simple. Only takes afew minuties and your all set.

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

Bloodyrooster - They are working on a new MMO. It's also going to be a new IP for them. On topic, this was slightly annoying and I'm sure I'll hear plenty of positive/negative points about it. The in-game pet is stupid though in my opinion. Although I've never really cared about many of the vanity pets.

jasopan
jasopan

Ya, Blizzard do know their customers pretty well, that's a good thing though!

Draaagoon
Draaagoon

People wonder why WoW does so well and that is easy to answer, Blizz know their customer like no other. "We are going to piss a lot of people off making them have to do something they don't want to, how can we smooth this over?" "Offer them a new in-game pet?" "Genius!"

bahamat0
bahamat0

Even though it's good that 1 blizzard account will save us the time from logging on different accounts on their games, although I think if the WoW account management page has a sepperate account name and password from the new battle.net account would be nice to further improve security on WoW incase someone was able to steal the battle.net account of someone.

bloodyrooster
bloodyrooster

Anybody else done with Wow and hoping Blizzard will release a different mmo?

karnis
karnis

just did it, & it was too easy

nooblet69
nooblet69

Cool news, now they just have to announce a release date on sc 2 and more news on d3 !

BK-Sleeper
BK-Sleeper

... An in game penguin pet.. Well, I guess Blizzard has lost confidence in the WoW community after all.

lestat23l
lestat23l

lol, i dont even play wow anymore, too expensive and not worth the time, but I might get a battle.net account for diablo 3, and that is only if they don't begin charging for it.

Nibroc420
Nibroc420

Sounds awesome, like a steam for Blizzard games. I like it.

EndoftheworldX
EndoftheworldX

I don't even have to read the other comments to tell that people are gonna complain about this too. Honestly I don't see any real problem with this, if anything people should be happy, less passwords to remember. Especially once SC2 comes out...*goes back to waiting*

jeffcenate
jeffcenate

Jesus really? people have a problem with this? why for gods sake, if it helps them pot a stop too the "you have won a gift of the mysterious register at wowblizzardazerothrules.comnetgovorg using your actual login and password from the game". im all for it