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    Old 05-07-2012, 05:42 PM
    NoX NoX is offline
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    Default HotS Planned Features Unveiled

    In the midst of all this great community news, we want to announce some of the exciting things we’re working on this year for StarCraft II. Here's a list of some of the features we are planning to release at or around the launch of Heart of the Swarm:

    Multiplayer resume from replay
    Global Play
    Multilanguage support
    Clan/group system
    Unranked matchmaking
    Multiplayer replay viewing
    Let's go into more detail on each of these, starting with multiplayer resume functionality. We know how important eSports is for the StarCraft II community, and it’s important to us too. For some time now we have been discussing ways to improve StarCraft II to ensure that tournaments both large and small run as smoothly as possible. While we are discussing many different improvements, we've heard your feedback and are creating a way that games can be continued if they are ended prematurely during an eSports event. We have been investigating solutions to this issue for some time, but we expect to offer the ability to resume play from a replay at or around the launch of Heart of the Swarm.

    Some of you may have read details about Diablo III Global Play, which will allow Diablo III players to create characters in different regions from their home region so they can play with friends in other parts of the world. We know this is something StarCraft II players have been asking for, and we’re working hard to make it available along with multilanguage support, at or around the release of Heart of the Swarm. We’ll have information as we get closer to Heart of the Swarm’s release.

    We continue to read your passionate requests for clan support. We can confirm that we are building a clan/group system that will be released with Heart of the Swarm. We also intend to have our first version of unranked play so you will have the ability to match-make against like-skilled players without having to affect your ladder ranking while you practice off-race or experiment with a new build order.

    We'll also be offering a beta sneak peek of Heart of the Swarm to attendees of the MLG Spring Championship on June 8–10 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Additionally, we will be releasing news in the next few weeks about how your participation in the upcoming Arcade (1.5) beta can win you chances to get into the upcoming Heart of the Swarm multiplayer beta test.
    [URL="http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/5366967/Developer_Update_with_Production_Director_Chris_Si gaty-5_7_2012#blog"]http://us.battle.net/sc2/en/blog/5366967/Developer_Update_with_Production_Director_Chris_Si gaty-5_7_2012#blog[/URL]

    Pretty huge news introducing many features that people have been calling for. I personally love the sound of unranked matchmaking as i don't like laddering (a key reason I'm playing more DotA 2 at the moment). Whats are everyone else's thoughts on the matter?
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    Old 05-07-2012, 06:16 PM
    Azerua Azerua is offline
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    Absoutley amazing stuff! But would really love what they have in DOTA2 where you can just jump in and watch someones game, That would be awsome!
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    Old 05-07-2012, 08:00 PM
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    So basically - "We're upgrading from Battlenet 2.0 to Battlenet 1.0"

    Sorry, That's unfair... It still has less features than 1.0 :V

    Glad to see multiplayer resume in there, but its a bit of a joke them claiming to have basically come up with the idea themselves, when it was clearly demonstrated by TeamLiquid.net yonks ago.
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