Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Finally is here! Battle.net Desktop App

Years I’ve been playing WoW for a while and I have no plans for stop doing it, and today they finally did something that all Blizzard players needed: a fuckin’ desktop app.

Battle.net desktop app

This app is for Blizzard players in general, meaning that if you play any blizzgame, you can use this app to manage them; World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo.

What can you do with this app? Well, there are a few notable things that it offers. For starters, there is no local account management, you can’t do it using the app, instead it links to the website. This is good because it keeps you account safe, but there is no way to customize it from here.

Battle.net desktop app

Ok, each game has it’s own settings. For example, since WoW has 3 different versions (Starter, Live, PTR), you can install these three without downloading their respective .exe, instead the app will download and install them for you.

Battle.net desktop app

-- NOTE: This app will replace the old launcher for all your games. --

Settings are pretty regular: Start with Windows, Save email and password, Minimize to tray, Where to save games, Reset the game settings, Use proxy… pretty regular stuff.

Settings

A thing I liked is that you can see the game’s patch notes without leaving the app, and way more organized than the old launcher.

Patch notes

Now, the app has two tabs, Games and News, in games you can manage and install your games and stuff, and News takes care of all Blue post for the three games. You can even read them without leaving the app and filter them by game.

News

And yes, the app will be send to try when minimizing and the downloads can be paused and resumed later.

Battle.net desktop app

 

Few things to notice here:

  • This is beta, meaning that it can change at any time without letting you know.
  • This is beta, meaning that you can provide feedback to fix features or add new ones.
  • You only need a registered mail at blizzard, you don’t need a full account to download it, but you do need one to play.
  • YOU NO LONGER NEED TO PUT YOUR EMAIL AND PASSWORD TO GET INTO THE GAME. If you’re logged into the app, you’re logged into the game.

If you find something I miss, let me know. I’ll try to be up to date for updates and see what new things it has to offer.

If you missed it, here’s the download link.

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