Battle.net-Integration noch vor WoW Cataclysm

Wie Blizzards Zarhym heute im offiziellen WoW Forum bekannt gibt, werden die Battle.net-Freundeslisten noch vor Erscheinen von WoW Cataclysm ins Spiel integriert werden. Das könnte u.a. erklären, warum wir so lange auf die nächste Raidinstanz Rubinsanktum (Patch 3.3.5) warten müssen:

Zitat von: Zarhym
This is exactly what we are working on implementing with Battle.net and real-life friends. You’ll be able to add friends at the Battle.net account level and talk to them while in-game whether they’re on the opposing faction, a different realm, or another Blizzard game entirely. This is coming prior to Cataclysm.

Natürlich wird das System dann auch soweit ausgefeilt sein, dass man vor Spam oder ungebetenen Gästen geschützt ist. Eine accountweite Ignorieren-Funktion hingegen wird noch diskutiert. Das komplette Posting mit weiteren Fragen zum Thema lest ihr hinter dem Newsumbruch.

Zitat von: Zarhym (Quelle)
[…] No one outside of your faction on your realm will be able to communicate with you unless you accept their friend request, or they accept yours. You will still have your normal World of Warcraft Friends list, but we’ll be adding in the ability to have Battle.net players on your Friends list as well. The characters on your Friends list will allow the same communication functionality which exists today. It’s only when you’ve confirmed someone as a Battle.net friend that you can take advantage of the additional communication features.

We’ll get more into that soon, but it’s safe to say in advance that you shouldn’t accept a Battle.net friend request from anyone you don’t know, similar to Facebook or other social networking media.

Along those lines, will it be possible to un-friend people from this list? Just because I accepted them as a friend at one point doesn’t mean I’m interested in giving them info on me for the rest of my time with Blizzard.
Definitely.

I’ll probably have to wait until then for an answer, but just in case: Does the Battle.net communication methods include private chat rooms with several friends at once? (And, even more specifically, persistent ones that will be autojoined upon logging in?)
Private chat rooms are something to consider for the future of the system. Initially you will be able to invite up to five friends into a conversation.

Please add the option to ignore someone’s entire Battle.net account as well. I for one am sick and tired of ignore listing someone only to get bombarded with “f**k u” tells from 5-10 level 1 alts.
We would like to do this in the future, but it likely won’t be ready at release. You can block a Battle.net account, but that won’t block all characters on that account’s World of Warcraft license from messaging you. It’s a technical limitation between the two systems which we’d like to overcome in time.