Battle.net will be adding some features for StarCraft II with the release of the Heart of the Swarm expansion. In an announcement made today, Blizzard revealed a half-dozen new features designed around the needs of the competitive and casual communities for StarCraft II. No, we won't be seeing the extensive chat rooms we had in the original Battle.net, but if you're a StarCraft fan there should be plenty else to be happy about.
Here are the six features Blizzard will be adding at or around Heart of the Swarm's release:
- Multiplayer resume from replay
- Global Play
- Multilanguage support
- Clan/group system
- Unranked matchmaking
- Multiplayer replay viewing
For competitive players, the addition of a legitimate clan/group system, a multiplayer replay viewing system to help with coaching and game assessment, and the multiplayer resume from replay feature. The resume from replay feature will solve a majority of problems tournaments might encounter, regarding technical issues.
There's also the addition of unranked matchmaking, multilanguage support and the new Global Play system detailed last week for Diablo 3. This finally allows gamers to play with friends across the world without having to purchase multiple region-specific games. These new features will go far in bringing the large, yet segregated StarCraft II community closer together.
Certainly a robust upgrade for StarCraft II, and an unexpected update at that. Are there any features you feel like Blizzard has forgotten about?