Blizzard unveils new

Written by Joe Martin

March 20, 2009 | 14:00

Tags: #battlenet #diablo #starcraft #starcraft-2 #wow

Companies: #activision #activision-blizzard #blizzard

Activision Blizzard has today unveiled the latest, re-vamped version of its multiplayer system and has confirmed reports that all future Blizzard games will require a account.

The new version of brings a whole host of minor changes to the long-running online gaming service, but the most important tweak is that players can now link all their Blizzard multiplayer profiles under a single account, streamlining the whole process of logging in.

The system actually goes further than just linking gaming profiles together though - you can also connect your Blizzard forum accounts, store details and multiple World of Warcraft accounts to this single account. Merging your multiple accounts is totally optional right now, but will become obligatory in the future according to Blizzard:

"Currently, creating a account and merging World of Warcraft accounts is entirely optional. However, as we continue to build additional functionality into the new, we will eventually require all active World of Warcraft accounts to migrate over to Accounts in order to continue playing."

The announcement also confirmed that all future Blizzard titles, such as StarCraft 2 and Diablo 3 will require an authentic account.

Somewhat complicating the matter though is the fact that the existing version of will continue to run for older games, such as Warcraft 3 and Diablo 2, under the title of Classic - which will continue to use the old system and login details.

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