Ever since Diablo was released back in 1996 through Blizzard Entertainment's original Battle.net launcher, millions of players have gone through the portal to play some of their favorite games. On Thursday afternoon, Activision Blizzard announced that Battle.net was receiving some front-end upgrades that, they hope, will bring the launcher into the present and act as a more aesthetically pleasing and functional hub for gamers going forward.
Rolling out first in North America to ensure its' stability, the new patch will automatically update player's clients with a more sleek and user-friendly layout and design. According to Blizzard, the main features this update has is as follows:
- Improved navigation and layout—you can now favorite your games and arrange them for ease of access
- A much more expansive layout for news and game content in full-page view
- A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab
- Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast
- A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status
Once the company is confident that the 2021 version of Battle.net is stable, they will begin rolling out the patch across the world.
Tim Rizzo is the editor and a reporter for Inven Global. He joined the company back in 2017.