Battle.net changes may be in the works, meaning that Blizzard Entertainment may be making some adjustments to their personalized game client, which houses all of their games from World of Warcraft to Starcraft to Overwatch, including possibly avatars, Discord-like groups, and the ability to appear offline while you’re using it.
Apparently the rumors are coming from a datamining of the most recent Battle.net release, which was able to find a number of code strings that talked about an Offline Mode, Discord-like groups, and avatars. If you’re a Battle.net user, then you’ve likely noticed that the only places you can have avatars are normally games like Starcraft, and even then they can only be used in-game.
Along with a lack of avatars, the Battle.net changes will also give you the ability to appear offline, in case you don’t want anyone to know that you’re on for one reason or another. Previously, you were only able to appear as “Online” or “Away” or “Busy”, so “Appearing Offline” is going to be the fourth option.
If groups like you can create in Discord are also available to start being used, one can imagine that chats in the app are going to be getting much more lively. With doing that you and your guild in World of Warcraft, or your friends in Overwatch, can communicate with one another through text or, possibly, by voice sometime in the future.
Considering that Destiny 2 is going to be launching on PC sometime this month, it’s likely that these Battle.net changes might be in response to it, to make the app more user-friendly for multiplayer games that may not have chat in them.
Either way, we’ll have to see how well these rumored Battle.net changes stack up when they come, but in the meantime we’ll have to make due with other applications, and hope the Blizzard ones can match up.